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What’s on your summer reading list?

If you're an entrepreneur, chances are you don't have much extra time for summer reading. But if you're planning to take a break from the daily grind and want to keep your business mind sharp, there are many good books just raring to be read.

This list from Amazon includes some of the most popular books as ranked by online readers. The top-rated 40 Super Tips for Networking You and Your Business promises to improve the way people perceive, respect and respond to you (and has notes of the grandfather of all people-skills books, first published in 1937 to roaring success, How To Win Friends And Influence People). Inc.com also has some great reading lists, including what they consider the top business books ever penned as well as the absolute essentials for new entrepreneurs.

But not all entrepreneur-related reading has to be about networking, guerilla marketing tactics and cash flow strategies.

For anyone looking to get back to fundamentals, there's also this list of must reads focused on developing the self, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Long Tail and the oft-quoted canon Good to Great.

How to stay healthy

Nourishing the mind is important, but what about the body? Most coffee-fueled entrepreneurs aren't necessarily thinking about where they're going to get their next meal. Trouble is, a diet of coffee and candy bars will send our energy levels to the floor. Here are some hints on how eating the right foods can increase productivity and make you feel good all day.

On the topic of health, Forbes offers this tongue-in-cheek diagnostic tool which helps you detect the five signs of entrepreneurialism. The article warns that symptoms are tough to detect "and if left unaddressed can lead to years of misery inside large corporations."

EVENTS AND KEY DATES

Green Breakfast Club

On June 15, Green Breakfast Club is hosting its monthly networking event series at the New York Public Library SIBL branch. Featuring TerraCycle cofounder Richard Perl, the event provides resource exchange to grow local green business communities.

Lean Startup Machine Toronto

This event, which runs from Friday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. until Sunday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. is for any startup team or any aspiring founder, innovator, or early startup employee that wants to learn Lean Startup methodologies from the ground up. Got an idea? You'll have 50 seconds to give your elevator pitch at the kickoff of the event. After voting, if your idea gets selected you will be able to form a team and start working. For more information, click here.

EDITOR'S PICKS FROM REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS

‘Buying’ a franchise really means ‘renting’

There is a common misconception among prospective franchisees that they're "buying" a franchised business when, in the majority of cases, they're really only "renting" it.

FROM THE ROSB ARCHIVES

Ten ways to improve cash flow

Managing cash flow can be the single most challenging aspect to managing a small business. Here are 10 tips for small businesses to reduce costs and increase cash flow

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