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.

26 Recent Stories

Motivation and Retention

Offer Employee Perks While Still Getting Results

Want to offer flex time, casual dress or other nonpaid incentives? Keep a casual culture productive using results-based communication.
Time Management and Organization

What's a Good Use of a Leader's Time?

Don't sweat the small stuff. Instead, focus on building your organization.
Managing Employees

Using Assessment Tests to Your Advantage

Employee assessment tools can be valuable, but only if you apply the results to your workplace.
Your Business Plan

Making Projections

How to put together numbers for your business plan
Managing Employees

Encourage Employees to Think Like Owners

Incentives and bonuses can inspire employees to invest their energy in your business.
Leadership

The Difference Between Managing and Leading

Understanding people will help you make the shift from managing to leading a business.
Your Business Plan

How to Set Starting Salaries

Determining the salaries of your company's founders will impact both funding and friendship.
Your Business Plan

Down and Dirty Market Research

You can learn a lot by visiting your competitors.
Your Business Plan

Starting Your First Business

Wondering where to begin? Here's a step-by-step formula for success.
Your Business Plan

Pitching Your Idea to a Heavyweight

How to interest a large company in your idea--and why you might not want to
Your Business Plan

Presenting Your Business Plan Online

Learn how to publish, track and protect your business plan on the Internet.
Your Business Plan

Nonprofit vs. Traditional Business Plans

If you're changing the structure of your company, then your business plan should change, too.
Your Business Plan

Asking Friends and Family for Financing

Heed our warnings before you play this dangerous game.
Your Business Plan

Finding Market Research Sources

Your business plan isn't complete until you conduct market research. But where can you find the data you need?
Your Business Plan

Sources of Start-Up Capital

Don't forget about the not-so-obvious sources in your quest for cash.
Your Business Plan

Paying Vendors With Equity

How to determine how much to offer
Your Business Plan

Many Happy Returns

How to make investors an offer they can't refuse
Your Business Plan

Creating Knock-Out Business Proposals

Taking the time to tailor your proposal makes all the difference in the eyes of a client.
Your Business Plan

Choosing Which Business to Build

Determine what your customers need, and then go on from there.
Your Business Plan

Creating A Management Team

A solid business plan and a knowledgeable team could help you get financing.
Your Business Plan

Writing a Business Plan & Protecting Your Idea

Don't know where to start? Here are the first steps, plus how to protect your business idea.
Your Business Plan

Outline of a Sample Business Plan

Not sure how to format your business plan? Here are step-by-step instructions.
Your Business Plan

Jump Start

Research and planning are necessary steps to starting a business. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Your Business Plan

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Get capital for your business with a solid business plan.
Your Business Plan

Writer's Block

Need a business plan but your writing is less than award winning? Here are a few tips on how to create a masterpiece.
Your Business Plan

Why You Need a Business Plan

Think of it as a road map for your business future.
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