Advice kits on growth strategies for new businesses are hawked by most accounting and consulting firms. But Growth Company Starter Kit, an information-packed 76-page booklet published by Coopers & Lybrand, offers an unusually meaty read that should prove useful for the managers of growing companies of any size or stage.

You'll find the answers to all the basic questions you've ever had or should have had: How do government regulations affect me? What tax forms do I need to file? What insurance do I need? The booklet then moves on to savvy, in-depth discussions of what to do and what not to do when writing a business plan. (For example, don't use highly technical descriptions of your operations.) Other useful sections include an exhaustive breakdown of the tax treatments of medical benefits and other items, depending on your corporate structure. To order, send $10 to Henry Rusek, Coopers & Lybrand, Publications Dept., 1251 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10020-1157. -- Jill Andresky Fraser