"Melinda Emerson . . . will inspire you to pursue your own entrepreneurial vision."--Marc H. Morial, President, National Urban League. Whether you're newly unemployed, sick of office life and longing for a change, or just want to finally turn your business idea into reality, you can follow your dream and make your passion your profession. Drawing on her experience as founder of an award-winning production company, Melinda F. Emerson shows you how in this practical month-by-month guide to getting your business off the ground. Inside, you'll find the timetable and steps you need to take to become a successful CEO of your own venture, including: Month 1: Meet with potential venture capitalists; Month 3: Set a one-year marketing budget; Month 5: Select a logo; Month 9: Purchase customer relationship management software; Month 11: Prepare your launch day press release. Next year at this time, you could be calling the shots at your dream job. You supply the energy, an idea, and elbow grease--and this book will supply the plan.