I‘ve been helping entrepreneurs and business owners like you for more than 40 years — mostly from within our Business Power Tools software apps and templates, and thru my blogs and book, "Business Black Belt."   My “Hero’s Journey” started In the early ’80s, I was the electronics buyer and a copywriter for the Sharper Image catalog. Later, I also sold some really cool word-processors in Silicon Valley. After Macs and PCs became popular, I started my own business creating sales literature for tech companies.   A friend had a deal going to sell his engineering software to Apple. They wanted to see his business plan to be sure his company would stay in business to provide future upgrades and support. At the time, I viewed a business plan as an elaborate brochure that sold his concept to people at all levels, and responsibilities with various perceptions, biases, and interests. (I learned that from selling word-processors.)   We got the deal. Over the next year, people came to me with some brilliant ideas, but their plans weren’t getting funded. I helped them fill in the missing parts to succeed. Along the way, I saw that business plans have a fundamentally universal structure. Hmmm…   What if I took all the content I’d developed, redacted everything proprietary, but filled in the blanks with a variety of customizable multiple-choice options, and offered it as a software template that many people could use?   This became BizPlanBuilder, the first of its kind, and my new company took off!   Inspired to help others build businesses that would make our world a better place, we became our own Guinea pigs seeking to remove as many common mistakes and as much unnecessary BS as possible, and crafted tools for others building businesses to make our world a better place.   We followed-up with MarketingBuilder, which picked-up where BizPlanBuilder left off, then we went even further with PRBuilder which included sample press release templates… In another direction, we added EmployeeManualBuilder and SafetyPlanBuilder full of actual policies and procedures.    Altogether, we had 10 products in about 3,500 retail stores and built a $12 million company with 30 employees…    Today, all of our products have been integrated into a streamlined online toolbox/dashboard. And we’re the leader in business development software templates that help you build your business.   And I like dogs, walking on the beach at sunset, candlelight dinners, and red wine...

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How to self-fund bootstrap your business without raising capital

10 Ways to Build Your Business Without Raising Capital – Business Power Tools founder and BizPlanBuilder business plan software template creator Burke Franklin consults on strategies for building businesses without investment capital. And if/when you need it, you’ll be in the strongest position… Click to watch now…

SEC Amends Exempt Offering Framework

SEC Startup Business Investment Regulations Update

SEC Startup Business Investment Regulations Update Monday March 15th, 2021 new regulatory changes go into effect that have big ramifications for investors in startups. Those changes include: Increasing the maximum amount companies can raise in a 12-month period via Reg CF from $1.07M to $5M and Reg A+ from $50M to $75M Increasing the annual…

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Compare Costs to Run a Business in Different Cities Around the World

Here is a recently completed research study by George Bowden to find out what it actually costs to run a business in different cities across the world, ranked the results from best to worst in a beautiful table that shows you exactly what it will cost to run a successful business in 70 of the world’s top cities.