The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business

The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business

Turn Your Ideas Into Money!

By Steve Mariotti; Debra DeSalvo

Crown Business, Paperback, 9780385348546, 480pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2014


Through stories of young entrepreneurs who have started businesses, this book illustrates how to turn hobbies, skills, and interests into profit-making ventures. Mariotti describes the characteristics of the successful entrepreneur and covers the nuts and bolts of getting a business up, running and successful.

About the Author
Steve Mariotti, Founder & President of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is an expert in education for at-risk youth. For more than 20 years, he has been helping young people develop marketable skills by learning about entrepreneurship.
Steve Mariotti received an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and has studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Brooklyn College. His professional career began by serving as a Treasury Analyst for Ford Motor Co. (1976-79). He then founded Mason Import/Export Services in New York, eventually acting as sales representative and purchasing agent for 32 overseas firms. In 1982, he made a significant career change and became a Special Education/Business Teacher in the New York City school system, choosing to teach in notorious neighborhoods such as Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn and the "Fort Apache" section of the South Bronx. It was at Jane Addams Vocational High School in the Bronx that he developed the insight and inspiration to bring entrepreneurial education to low-income youth. This led to founding the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in 1987. For more information on NFTE and Steve Mariotti, visit:

Debra DeSalvo, an associate editor for Blues Revue and a columnist for Rolling Stone Online, has interviewed many blues legends and coauthored five books. A professional guitarist, composer, and singer, she lives in Hoboken, NJ.

Praise For The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business

"For the real goods, go straight to Mariotti's book."
--Inc. magazine

"The Young Entrepreneur's Guide is the bible of self-help. It not only tells the story of many young people who have made the journey to success and self-respect, but shows step-by-step how you can do the same."
--Jack Kemp