The 100 Best Business Books of All Time

Most people pick up a business book when trying to solve a problem. You go to a library or bookstore and find one that seems to address the situation you are in. The problem is, more slop resides in the how-to business section than just about any other category. Even my brother-in-law has written three business books!

Making It All Work

Author David Allen has released a new book entitled Making it all work : winning at the game of work and the business of life. For fans of his Getting Things Done this book expands on how to implement GTD in a more complete way, covering all of life not just work. While it recaps some of the GTD concepts you may still want to read Getting Things Done first.

David Allen visited the Free Library of Philadelphia and spoke about GTD and his new book. You can listen to the program online here:

Nonprofits will find this profitable

In these tough economic times, NEW - Nonprofit Enterprise at Work - continues to help southeast Michigan non-profits succeed. The NEW Center, located at 1100 N. Main St., provides office space for area nonprofits. NEW also hosts an internet radio show, the Nonprofit Buzz, which airs here each fourth Thursday of the month, 9-10 a.m On March 26, the topic will be "Partnering For Success." At the library, electronically browse some of our books on nonprofits, or visit our special collection downtown on the second floor.

American Credit Repair: Everything U Need to Know About Raising Your Credit Score

Ok, the title alone almost says it all. And who has a credit score that couldn’t use a bit of a boost? Do you know how to find your score? Do you know the five main factors that make up your score and the practice which is its best indicator? Did you know that, with a carefully worded letter to your creditor (sample given), you can have a late payment expunged from your report? What should you do first if your report has multiple problems?

Credit, and reporting your credit activity, is a big game in America. But it is a game that you can learn to play as well as your creditors. Perhaps even learn to win. There is a wealth of information here to help you learn the rules of the game and strategize a new reality to the story of your credit report. Ready-to-print forms, sample letters and an accompanying cd allow you to apply triage to your score on your own. The author also maintains a website which may help.

Feb. 5th Morningstar Part 2 Class Canceled; Rescheduled For Feb. 25th at 7pm


The February 5th class on Morningstar has been canceled and rescheduled for registered participants for Wednesday, February 25th at 7pm.


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Business news available at the library:
Ann Arbor Area Business Monthly - December
page 9 "The Americans With Disabilities Act - New Amendments Take Effect January 1, 2009" explains the newly expanded definition of a disability
Ann Arbor Business Review - December 18 - 31
page 20 "Data Digest" details patents collected in our area
Crains Detroit Business - December 22 - 28
page 1 "Pfizer purchase cheered" describes how the University of Michigan Medical School may use the site for research

A Little Thanksgiving, Right This Very Minute


I recently heard about Get Human and thought I’d share it with you today because it is truly worthy of thanksgiving.
A database of over 1500 companies, it tells you exactly what to do to get out of automatic voice mail and reach an actual human being. No more #####9 for extreme frustration—Thank You!!!!!!!!!

The history of South University


This week the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit will dedicate four new wall displays that tell the story of South University from the late 19th century through today. The displays cover area businesses and images include a wonderful 1898 panorama of the area, Miller's Ice Cream, C-Ted's Standard gas station, Tice's Men's Shop and a glimpse of the home where philosopher and educator John Dewey lived. The dedication will take place Thursday, November 6, at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of South and East University.

Sir John Templeton, Philanthropist and Investor, dies at 95

Sir John Templeton was one of the most interesting people ever to amass an enormous fortune on Wall Street. He was in the forefront in the creation of mutual funds and early on led the way for U.S. investing in foreign markets. In the 1970’s and 80’s if you invested in a mutual fund, very likely it was a Templeton Fund.

He was twelve during the Scopes Trial and lived only 60 miles away from Dayton, TN. Many believe that it launched his lifelong fascination with religion and science and his attempts to reconcile the two.

He established philanthropic organizations and founded the Templeton Prize for “progress in religion” and “research or discoveries.” It is estimated that he gave away $70 million a year to people such as Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, the physicist Freeman Dyson and a host of others.

He authored numerous books on finance and spirituality including Thrift and Generosity: The Joy of Giving, Discovering the Laws of Life and Is Progress Speeding Up?

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Basic Economics

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“Investment and speculation,” “government’s role in business,” “money and the banking system,” “inflation,” “capital,” “labor,” “productivity,” “government finance” and “international trade.”

Learn about what makes the world go ‘round!

Dip your toe into this fascinating topic with this lively and well-written book-- Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell.

A lively book about economics? It is possible!

Master basic economic principles such as how governments create monetary policy, inflation, interest rates, how governments regulate businesses and markets, how international trade works and how governments finance themselves.

I promise—it is not boring!!

Suddenly the news makes a lot more sense once the big picture concepts are understood. What is happening to your holdings and potential investments makes a lot more sense too.

Pretty soon you’ll know what CDOs, ETFs, put-call ratios and derivatives are all about.

It pays to know!

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