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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1st Collins Ed edition (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061206695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061206696
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“All the good stuff and none of the fluff” (Richard Schulze, founder and chairman, Best Buy)

Loaded with insights and strategies…dealing with real-world situations and solutions that most small firms face. (Miami Herald)

A wealth of information to be read and digested, then kept within arm’s reach for further reference down the road. (Business Lexington)

About the Author

Bestselling author Tom Gegax has been an executive at one of the world’s largest corporations; a start-up entrepreneur; a CEO leading 1,600 employees; a business consultant; and a member of numerous boards. By the time Tom sold Tires Plus to a multinational firm in 2000, it had mushroomed from a sketch on a restaurant napkin to a Midwest market leader with 150 locations. Today, he helps growing companies raise profits and reduce stress through fast and affordable business management coaching.


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Best-selling author Tom Gegax served as Chairman and CEO (head coach) of Tires Plus Stores for twenty-four years. By the time Tom sold the company he founded to Bridgestone/Firestone in July 2000, it had mushroomed from a napkin sketch into a market leader with 150 upscale stores in ten states and $200 million in revenue. The company was so tightly managed that Tom bypassed outside investors to retain ownership control.

Pioneering the tough-minded, warm-hearted "coaching" style of management, Tires Plus under Tom had a healthy corporate culture that was legendary in Midwest business circles for its focus on the well-being of its employees and customers (or teammates and guests). The unique pairing of hard-nosed efficiency and a caring environment was a core ingredient in the company's secret sauce.

Tom's management methods have been featured in national newspapers and magazines and on television--The New York Times, Fast Company, ABC, FOX, CNN, CNBC, PBS. He has been named a Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine and Ernst & Young, and was the youngest inductee into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.

Tom has served on numerous corporate boards, including Pacific Booker Minerals, Great Clips Haircutters, ABRA Autobody, APU Solutions, Deepak Chopra Enterprises, and Engineering America, Inc. Tom has also served on many nonprofit boards, including Center for Science in the Public Interest, Waterkeeper Alliance, World Business Academy, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures.

Some of Tom's speaking and consulting clients include Farmer's Insurance, Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Al Gore Enterprises, International Franchise Association, National Association of Women Business Owners, Deepak Chopra International, Domino's Pizza, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Sandler Sales System, The Star Tribune, and Michelin.

Tom's Big Book of Small Business: You Don't Have to Run Your Business By The Seat Of Your Pants is endorsed by America's leading business minds, including Ken Blanchard (The One-Minute Manager), Harvey Mackay (Swim with the Sharks) and Richard Schulze, Founder and Chairman of Best Buy.

Tom founded Gegax Advisors in 2000, with offices in Minneapolis and San Diego, to share his Big Book Business Management System with growing companies.


More info at www.gegax.com, call 612-920-5114, or tom.gegax@gegax.com
Follow Tom on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/tomgegax
Connect with Tom on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-gegax/a/295/1a6

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"The Big Book of Small Business" is a must read for all management.
Paul A. Streitz
It's a great overview of everything you need to know to open up a business (or if you are thinking about it).
N. Crump
This book offers a quick business overview and is also an excellent reference tool.
Donald M. Gullett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By CryptKicker on March 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a new small business owner, I've devoured several books written on the topic of starting a business. Most have a few good kernels of knowledge in them somewhere, but none are as consistently helpful as this book.

The author, Tom Gegax, has a great deal of personal experience starting and growing companies, most of which seem to be in the tire industry. If you're business is not merchandise-based, but service-based, this book is still very pertinent. Topics like vision and values are discussed, as well as some interesting marketing ideas. Adapting the information into a business plan for a Web company was easy and enjoyable.

Be prepared for Mr. Gegax's very zealous approach to business. It borders on fanatical at times. If you shy away from corporate structures due to their "you must believe" mindset, you'll flinch a few times while reading, but it's still excellent counsel.

From a tactile standpoint, this book is great. The binding is well constructed, and the print is slightly large and easy to read.

I cannot recommend this book enough if you're starting your own business. Double that recommendation if you own your own business and need a shot of inspiration.

I also recommend Joe Kennedy's Small Business Owner's Manual available on Amazon.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Streitz on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever been stuck on an important issue and did not know where to turn?, did you ever wonder what would an expert do in this situation?, from employee reviews, Strategic Planning, Building your Brand, creating a atmosphere that is positive and fun for everyone to be in, Tom's book is your reference. This is the book (business bible) I keep closest to me while sitting at my desk. When a little question comes up in my mind what would Tom do? I simply turn you my Business Bible and read the simple outline Tom has created for me and that's it. In minutes I have an answer. "The Big Book of Small Business" is a must read for all management. I purchased this book for all my team members and we have 30 minute meetings each week and go over a chapter it not only keeps all of us thinking as a team but opens us up to better communication and role playing. Tom I thank you so much for writing this and sharing your experience with us it has made a big difference in the Success at ALSI.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maynard Howe, PhD on March 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The principles set forth in Tom Gegax's book, The Big Book of Small Business, are sound and if applied to your business will have a significant impact on your bottom line - I know, because I have used them. Where most books on business are heavy on theory, this book provides practical solutions based on real-life experiences - solutions that can be applied to any business - solutions that will result in an immediate payoff. This book is for every leader interested in improving their personal performance and that of their company. It truly is a decision maker's guide to best practices.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian B. Brasch on May 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you could take all the best practices of business today and consolidate them into one manual, you would have an invaluable book but it would be about the size of the average American house. I believe "The Big Book for Small Business" by Tom Gegax is the "Cliff Notes" version of these best practices, I found this guide to be extremely valuable as an entrepreneur who owns four businesses and have made it required reading for all my employees.

Since one of my businesses is in an emerging market, I have done the unthinkable. I have sent my competitors CEO's copies of the book as well because I also believe in what Tom so eloquently stated, "A rising tide raises all boats". If we as industry can all utilize the advice contained in this book, our industry will grow to its incredible potential.

This is the best business book I have ever read and find myself coming back to it time and time again for strategy and execution ideas. This is 100% meat and zero fluff. My sincere congratulations to the author for delivering a business book masterpiece.

Best Regards,

Brian Brasch, President

Branick Industries Inc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald M. Gullett on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was with Tom at Tires Plus for over 25 years. Tom was always a strong advocate for education, and is now sharing this talent with small businesses that seek his help. The Big Book of Small Business is a "must read" for any individual starting a new business or for those who are already involved in one. This book offers a quick business overview and is also an excellent reference tool.

Don Gullett, Co-Founder

Tires Plus
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shari L. Mcrae on February 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It doesn't give you all the details about how to do each task, but it give you a good idea about what should be on your task list, how to prioritize them based on your situation, and where to get the details.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Neal on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As our business continues to grow, continuous improvement and better systems are critical to our sustained success. I decided to start with me and looked for allies/mentors to tap. The Big Book is one of my in-house, at-hand resources that begins with personal development as precursor to leadership development. Next, there are step-by-step guides to help me define and create a work environment that motivates and engages our team to fulfill our vision. Lots of best practices, lots of practical wisdom. Much appreciation to Tom for caring enough to share his learnings.
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