The Small Business Book Awards, now in their 8th year, celebrate the best business books that entrepreneurs, small business owners, CEOs, managers, and their staffs should read. They also recognize important resources supporting authors and the publishing industry. The small business community plays a key role by nominating, showing their support for, and voting on their favorites.


The Small Business Book Awards consist of two phases:

Phase 1 - Nomination: Anyone can nominate a business book or resource. All nominations are subject to editorial review and approval by the Editors of Small Business Trends, to ensure they meet eligibility criteria. Nominations open March 2, 2016 and close on April 27, 2016 at 11:59 am Los Angeles time.

Phase 2 - Voting: This year there will be two elements to the voting: Community Voting and a Judging Panel.

Everyone can vote on the nominations during the Community Voting. Community Voting takes place from April 28, 2016 through May 11, 2016 at 11:59 am Los Angeles time. To vote, simply find the nominations of your choice and click on the "VOTE" button. The winners of the popular Community Voting will receive the "Community Choice" winners designation.

A Judging Panel will also judge the nominees, separate and apart from the Community Voting. The Judging Panel will determine the top Overall and Category Winners.


Recognition! Recognition includes publicity as a winner, as well as the right to display Winners insignia on books, websites, brochures and elsewhere.


The Best Small Business Book Awards initiative is produced by Small Business Trends, a popular online publication, which along with its sister sites, serves over 6,000,000 small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually. The site was founded by Anita Campbell, widely regarded as an authority on small business issues, in 2003.


Back in 2007 we noticed that most business books being reviewed or winning awards were books of interest to the enterprise or corporate audience. No sites consistently covered books specifically for small business owners and managers, and entrepreneurs.

Thus began the weekend business book reviews at Small Business Trends. Since starting the book reviews, our book reviewing team under the leadership of Book Editor Book Editor Ivana Taylor, has reviewed nearly 500 small business books, writing unbiased in-depth reviews.

These Awards are an outgrowth of the weekend book reviews. After publishing reviews, we frequently were asked for advice about which books to read. Rather than giving off-the-cuff responses, we decided to find a way to get a broader range of input on books worthy of recognition.

Last updated: March 1, 2016.


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