Got some downtime? Free time can be the perfect opportunity to do some self-evaluation and self-development by catching up on some great reads for small business owners and entrepreneurs. There is a wealth of information available out there for business owners and there is no better business investment you can make as a merchant than to invest in yourself. Learn from others' mistakes so you don't have to make them yourself or learn a new skill that could be just the trick to take your business to the next level. Check out the winners from Small Business Trends' 2013 Small Business Book Awards for some great books to start with.

Emerging Markets Rule: Summarizes the secret of successful companies' business models, in seven new axioms of global competitiveness.

The HR Answer Book: Answers the questions that small business owners have about hiring, firing, and other human resources concerns.

Three Simple Steps: Offers just that, three rules that the author says will help readers achieve more and be happier in personal and professional aspects of their lives.

Slicing Pie: Outlines a process for calculating the right number of shares each founder or employee in an early stage company deserves, especially as it grows and roles and contributions change.

Big Wave Surfing: Suggests that riding a wave of uncertainty can introduce a new technology.

100 Lessons I Wish I'd Learned Sooner as a Photographer in Business: Part inspirational guide, part how-to manual, this book aims to help would-be photographer entrepreneurs find success in their business endeavors.

31 Days of Marketing: For each marketing tactic, the author shares practical advice and information in bite-size pieces for you to incorporate into your advertising strategies.

Project Management for Flat Organizations: Using everyday language, this guide aims to explain project management theory, and offer simple solutions to solve real-world problems immediately.

Bookboon Books for Business Professionals: Written exclusively for the company by experts within their fields, this book features topics ranging from personal development to accounting, finance, management and strategic marketing.

Have a favorite small business book of your own? Share it with us in the comments!