New Book on Entrepreneurship for Women

In today’s troubled economy, more and more people are finding themselves out of work and not knowing where to turn. Twenty years ago, Clara Villarosa was one of those people. At 52 years old, after years of climbing the corporate ladder, the business maven found herself out a job. Desperate to make a living, Villarosa thought of the one thing she could do to dust herself off–she launched the groundbreaking The Hue-Man Experience, the largest African-American bookstore. In her new book, DOWN TO BUSINESS: The First 10 Steps for Entrepreneurship for Women (Avery Books; On Sale: September 1, 2009; $17.00), she teaches others how they can become successful entrepreneurs by providing a 10-step blueprint for starting their own businesses.

Now a sought-after career coach, Villarosa has led dozens of career workshops and is the recipient of more than thirty awards, including the National Minority Entrepreneur of the Year. In DOWN TO BUSINESS, Villarosa gives budding entrepreneurs clear, step-by-step tips on starting their own businesses–covering everything a woman needs to launch the small business of her dreams, including:

* How to develop realistic business ideas by researching the industry;
* Analyzing a competitor’s marketing approach;
* True economic empowerment, from recruiting investors to using loans wisely;
* Scouting the ideal location;
* Clear, targeted, step-by-step instructions for creating a business plan–and beyond.

Packed with stories of businesswomen at all stages of the game–from a beer connoisseur-turned-brewer to an avid reader-turned-literary agent–DOWN TO BUSINESS brings together inspiring, real-life stories illuminated by Villarosa’s award-winning business savvy and serves as a timely response to an uncertain economy.

About the author:
Clara Villarosa opened The Hue-Man Experience bookstore in Denver more than two decades ago and later opened a second, enormously successful branch in Harlem. A business coach, she had led workshops for dozens of clients. The recipient of more than thirty awards, including the National Minority Entrepreneur of the Year, she lives in Harlem, New York.

Alicia Villarosa is a corporate runaway who left public relations to earn her master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and self-employed instructor who has been teaching exercise and Pilates for over twenty-five years.

About Avery:
Avery, an imprint focusing on health, wellness, fitness, psychology, and popular science, is best known for publishing cutting-edge, but accessible books from the top experts in their fields. Leading the backlist is one of the best-selling health books of all time, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch. Other top sellers include the The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing for Life by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keene and The New Rules of Lifting by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove. Founded in 1976, Avery quickly established itself as the most successful independent publisher of health books in the market. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. acquired it as an imprint in 1999 with a strong commitment to continue publishing respected, up-to-the-minute books with a clear focus on helping people make the most of their lives. To this end, Avery’s scope of titles has broadened to include psychology, inspirational memoir, and sociology.

By Clara Villarosa with Alicia Villarosa
Avery Books
September 1, 2009


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