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Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins is a venture coach, helping entrepreneurs and early-stage companies develop the attitudes, skills and capabilities needed to succeed. He brings to bear skills as an entrepreneur, teacher and technologist in helping others create successful ventures.

30 Recent Stories

How to Set Salaries

How to Set Salaries

Determining what to pay your employees doesn't have to feel like a calculus test. Follow these tips for setting fair and equitable rates that won't break the bank.
May 23, 2006 in Compensation and Benefits
Build Your Management Team

Build Your Management Team

If the time has come to admit you can't do it all, this guide can help you figure out just who you need on your executive team, where to find them and how to hire them.
February 10, 2006 in Business Management How-To Guides

Five Exit Strategies

Ever think ahead to the day when you'll no longer run your biz? These strategies will help you prepare for your future.
August 16, 2005

Fire Up Their Passion

Break their cycle of cynicism and turn those apathetic frowns upside down. Use this plan to reinvigorate your staff.
July 5, 2005

Exit Strategies for Your Business

If you're thinking ahead to the day when you'll no longer run your business, think about these five exit strategies now so you'll be prepared for your future.
June 27, 2005 in Selling Your Biz

Strategy First

Think through these four components of your biz strategy and you'll be more ready for the rough spots.
June 15, 2005
Mastering E-Mail Overload

Mastering E-Mail Overload

If your e-mail inbox is threatening to take over your entire workday, this ultimate how-to will teach you to deal effectively with the information onslaught.
April 6, 2005 in Business Management

Motivating Your Long-Suffering Employees

Every business can have a management slump. But what do you do with apathetic employees who are having trouble recovering from broken promises and never-realized visions? Try this plan.
April 5, 2005 in Managing Employees

When a Business Plan Fails

Not sure why your plan isn't getting you anywhere? Check out what you should and shouldn't do.
December 18, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Projecting Income

Prove your worth to investors by showing them how you'll bring in the money.
December 14, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Updating Your Business Plan

There are many reasons why you should revisit your business plan.
December 13, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Business Plan Risks

How to present your business risks without scaring away investors
December 11, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Do Your Research

Don't forget to include market information in your business plan.
December 6, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Preparing for a Business Plan Presentation

Win over investors by knowing your business plan inside out.
December 2, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Determining Your Competition

Sometimes it's not obvious who your competition is. Here's how to find out and present it in your business plan.
December 1, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Why You Must Have a Business Plan

It's more than a tool for getting funding. Think of it as the road map to your business's future.
November 19, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Does It Pay to Hire a Business Consultant?

Hiring a consultant shouldn't take the place of your own understanding of your business plan.
November 19, 2004

Tips for Crafting a Great Business Plan

Need a business plan but your writing is less than award winning? Here are a few tips on how to create a masterpiece.
November 19, 2004

Let's Talk About Risk

It's the least sexy part of your biz plan, but risk presentation know-how can help deliver the funding you need.
November 19, 2004

Dipping Into Your Retirement Fund to Start a Business

Is your 401(k) plan a good source of capital for your startup?
March 1, 2004 in Financing

How Do I Start a Business?

You know you want to be an entrepreneur-now find out what it takes to really get going.
February 1, 2004 in Startup Basics

How Much Is This Business Worth?

If you're interested in purchasing an existing business, here are a few ways to gauge its value.
January 12, 2004 in Selling Your Biz

Presenting Persuasive Financials

Your pro forma is what gets investors interested. Make sure you do it right.
December 7, 2003 in Your Business Plan

Creating a Business Plan That's You

Your business plan is your business plan--so make sure it doesn't read like a template.
December 6, 2003 in Your Business Plan

Does It Pay to Hire a Business Plan Consultant?

Hiring a consultant shouldn't take the place of your own understanding of your business plan.
December 2, 2003 in Your Business Plan

Formulating a Strategy Before Starting Your Business

Thinking through the different components of your strategy will help you react quickly when your business hits a rough spot.
December 1, 2003 in Startup Basics

How to Find the Perfect Business Partner

If you've got the idea, where do you find the person with the know-how?
November 10, 2003 in Startup Basics

Dividing Equity Between Founders and Investors

How to figure out who gets what percentage of the business when investors come on board
October 13, 2003 in Venture Capital

Resolving Conflict Between Your Managers

When two of your top people are at each other's throats, you've got to step in and help them make peace.
August 11, 2003 in Managing Employees

Managing Conflict Between Teams

How to build mutual respect when team members clash
June 16, 2003 in Managing Employees