Here are some excellent podcasts and books for both business owners and entrepreneurs preparing to buy or start a business.

Marketplace by American Public Media
Marketplace has two shows daily, Monday through Friday, in the morning and afternoon. Tune in to Marketplace for great updates on the economy, stock and bond markets (yes, these are important to small business owners because they affect and predict interest rates and are often good predictors of the economy), and other reporting on US business.
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Built to Sell Radio and the Book Built to Sell by John Warrillow
John Warrilow hosts Built to Sell Radio where he interviews a wide variety of business owners that have sold their businesses. Some are great success stories and homeruns, others had some disappointing results. Busienss owners will learn valuable lessons from all of these stories.
John also authored three books, Built to Sell, The Automatic Customer, and The Art of Selling Your Business. Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, was recognized by both Fortune and Inc magazines as one of the best business books of 2011.

Listen to Built to Sell Radio at

Buy the books at

How I Built This Podcast & Book by Guy Raz
Guy Raz hosts a very interesting podcast, How I Built This, where he interviews entrepreneurs that built a great business from the ground up. The stories are surprising in that they take unexpected detours on their way to building a successful business, often starting with one idea and then going in an entirely different direction.

Listen to How I Built This Podcast

How I Built This Book on Amazon

Freakonomics Radio Podcast
The Freakonomics podcast, like the bestselling book by Stephen Dubner, digs into the hidden side of how things work in our economy, business, and society. He has a unique talent for being able to discover the underlying relationships of how things work and are interralated.

Listen to Freakonomics Podcast

One of our favorites: “Is Venture Capital the Secret Sauce of the American Economy?”