From one minority businesswoman to another: Knowledge is power. Especially in a business world that seems to be stacked against you.
- Books for Black entrepreneurs
- Books for Black female entrepreneurs
- Motivational books for black women
- Motivational books for brown women
- Books on building black wealth
- Or my overall focus with this article…. must-read books for entrepreneurs of color and/or businesswomen of color
There’s a book out there for everything that could possibly cross a minority businesswoman’s mind.
If you’re looking to boss up your career and life, you need to read these books. Or at least one or two of them if you’re pressed for time, you busy businesswoman you.
As a little disclaimer, I’ll be including links to Amazon since it is by far the most convenient online “book store”. HOWEVER, I’m well aware that small businesses need support, being a small business owner myself.
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Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get into the 6 books for minority businesswomen, or more specifically, businesswomen of color.
6 Must-Read Books for Minority Businesswomen
Just the title alone can tell you why this is a must-have book for minority businesswomen. And it’s free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
With 51 ratings averaging at 4.5 out of 5, clearly I’m not the only reader who thinks so.
This business book simplifies the process of establishing a small business with all the necessary and encouraged government contracting.
Use the measures described in this book to get around the vast volume of contracts all entrepreneurs have to tackle at some point.
Linda Rawson, CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises founded her business in 2006 under Sensory Technology Consultants’. DynaGrace Enterprises is a 100 percent women-owned small business that has worked on federal government contracts worth millions of dollars. Linda lends her expertise in government procurement to assist you in getting underway.
Learn in this book:
- Why contracting is profitable for your company
- How to bid for and receive governmental contracts
- How to correctly arrange a new accounting system
- + a lot more
This book is easily a fave among motivational books for Black women. But it’s quickly becoming a source of education and motivation for all minority businesswomen.
Notice the title’s use of “and other extraordinary”, implying that you are, indeed, the boss babe I knew you were.
Synopsis: Organizations that are diverse and multicultural provide a clear competitive edge over others. They come up with new ideas, do well, and earn better returns. Workforce diversity brings enterprise success.
“Inclusive diversity” is difficult to achieve, and more than just profits.
This book is about those who realize that their organizations have room for improvement.
Strong actionable measures for cultivating sustainable and diverse workplaces are outlined in this book. This author is all about offering tangible answers to challenging problems that can heighten corporate efficiency and success in the short term.
This book for minority businesswomen is actually an Editors’ Pick for Best Nonfiction.
So it goes without saying that Cecilia is an amazing author.
From President Obama’s “incredible” top Latinx counselor, comes advice and inspiration for women of color pursuing new heights of power.
Women of color are contributing to an extraordinary surge of “firsts” today. Cecilia Muoz was a first, too, and she understands what it’s like to forge your own path without having someone to guide you. She takes lessons from her experiences as the Obama administration’s top Hispanic official and a former influential leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
She shares her experiences, as well as those of several remarkable people of color she encountered along the way, as an encouragement to women of color who refuse to be unseen or left behind.
Muoz delivers the thoughtful guidance and tactical skills women of color need to be successful without losing who they are by teaching them how to navigate through anxiety, confront critics, and lead with compassion.
Georgia politician, Stacey Abram’s game-changing book is free with Audible Plus.
This motivational book for minority business is intimate and inspiring roadmap for outsiders who want to be in control.
Lead From The Outside is a handbook for newcomers, written with an understanding of the experiences and obstacles that face everyone that lives outside of the conventional white male power structure—women, persons of color, LGBTQ people, and millennials willing to make a change.
Stacey Abrams claims that understanding your own passion is the secret to achievement, regardless of the size or goal.
Stacey draws from her professional knowledge and hard-won experiences to dissect how passion, anxiety, wealth, and disappointment all play a role in leadership. Alongside personal stories that highlight realistic strategies.
This is one of those books that you would put at the end of a sentence because period, you simply don’t need anything else.
Published in September 2020, The Memo provides actionable guidance on issues and a straightforward roadmap to progress for women of color.
Most company books take a one-size-fits-all approach to job counseling, ignoring the specific challenges faced by people of color.
Minda Harts provides much-needed job guidance geared especially for people of color.
Harts now introduces her powerhouse entrepreneurial expertise as CEO, drawing on insights learned from her previous job as a fundraiser contractor to top colleges around the nation.
She acknowledges the “ugly facts” that prohibit people of color from getting a place at the table in corporate America with wit and candor.
The Memo provides guidance and long-overdue suggestions about how women of color can excel in their jobs through cold-hard discussions about how to handle networking, workplace politics, and resources.
In today’s science and technology-driven Western world, entrepreneurship is difficult regardless of your heritage. But it’s no secret that certain demographics have a significantly greater challenge.
This book is for all minority businesswomen, including immigrants, refugees, women, Black women, Hispanic women, and Asian women.
Underdog provides actionable tips to help these underdog founders develop certain skills to attain maintained success.
Morgan suggests a mechanism referred to as the “outsider dilemma,” or contexts in which people are marginalized largely due to a lack of access to networks that enable superior learning and successful outcomes.
He rounds out his book by adding personal characteristics and problem-solving techniques. This a must-read, you guys.
After all these savvy minority businesswomen books, you only need one more thing for securing your success. And no, it’s not an investment.
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Which of these books are you going to read or have already read? And would you recommend any others?
Let me know in the comments!