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Business Plans

Startup Basics

How Eating Chocolate Chip Cookies With My Dad Taught Me to Analyze Business

As my father and I enjoyed a snack, he provided me with a simple lesson I have never forgotten.
Business Plans

4 Essential Considerations of a Bank-Friendly Business Plan

Your business plan is not an academic exercise or a hoop to jump through, it's a living document that shows investors, advisors and business partners that you are serious about making your dream reali...
Project Grow

6 Critical Questions Your Business Plan Must Answer

If you want to lay the groundwork for a stable business and attract investors, make sure you're hitting these points.
Take It From The Pros

The Essential Ingredients to Startup Success

If you are just beginning your first business venture, no matter where you are in your life, here are my first steps to get you going.
Investor Relations

The One Simple Tool for Transforming Your Relationship With Investors

Creating a MAP will take no more than an hour of your time every month and will keep the lines of communication open, ensuring relationships with investors remain strong, and ultimately helping early-...
Project Grow

8 Reasons to Update Your Business Plan Right Now

Writing your business plan isn't a one-time event. Here's why it's critical to update it from time to time.
Finance

5 Questions to Ask About Your Financial Model to Add Real Value To Your Startup

For maximum value with the least effort, focus on only the "what ifs" that are the highest priority in your mind for your own startup.
Marketing

Add This Dimension to a Traditional Business Analysis for a Fuller Marketing Plan

Typically, you look at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats from a product perspective. Here's what you should also be doing.
Business Plans

How to Use Your Business Plan as a Benchmark for Performance

Don't just file your business plan away in a drawer once you've launched. Instead, use it to keep tabs on how you're doing.
Project Grow

4 Reasons Why Nobody Can Write Your Business Plan Better Than You

Consultants and editors can polish your plan but only you can infuse it with the passion that drives your dream.
Business Plans

Update Your Business Plan to Renew Your Drive and Focus

See why giving this key document an occasional overhaul is a must-do exercise for every company owner.
Business Ideas

Stop Worrying About Everyone Stealing Your Idea

Just like shark attacks are extremely rare, so is getting your ideas stolen.
Project Grow

10 Tips for Creating a Winning Business Plan in PowerPoint

If you're presenting your business plan in PowerPoint format, read this first.
Project Grow

Skip the Boring Business Plan. Focus on This Strategy Instead.

Here's a simpler, less time intensive approach that offers more flexibility than the traditional business plan.
Starting a Business

10 Questions to Answer When Writing Your Mission Statement

Read this to see what your mission statement should address and how to put it all together.