Burke Franklin is known as “the man who’s helped launch a million businesses” with his best-selling business plan software, BizPlanBuilder… and creator of Business Power Tools, the company that developed an original suite of software tools to help entrepreneurs and business owners start, finance and manage their companies with real-world best-practices and minimal BS. Burke graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in business and a minor in electrical engineering.   He took his first corporate job as a field sales rep for Texas Instruments selling electronic components. Besides working in sales and management for other high-tech companies, Burke's career also includes a position with The Sharper Image Catalog as Electronics Buyer and catalog copywriter.   Overall, Burke's marketing & management experience spans 40+ years.   With an extensive background in sales, marketing and management, Burke brings a very practical approach to everything he does.   Since 1988, when BizPlanBuilder took off, Business Power Tools has introduced a dozen business development apps and templates, and now they are available in cloud-based versions managed on the web with a unique dashboard concept.   Burke was elected to the White House Conference on Small Business and was also nominated for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year.”   Several of his ground-breaking business concepts have even been documented as case-studies for MBA students.   Today, more than 153 schools worldwide teach business using BizPlanBuilder business plan software. And more than 2 million entrepreneurs have used it!   He regularly speaks and participates in seminars, conferences and panels, and has been interviewed on radio and television shows for entrepreneurs.

A Silver Spoon for You Too!

I popped out into this world into an environment of wealth. My grandfather had made a lot of money in the tubing business after World War II. So far so good. But when I looked around, I noticed that not everybody enjoyed my good fortune. Even I didn’t fully appreciate my good fortune. And, like…

About Failure

I’ve been seeing a number of emails lately discussing various versions of failure. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to “fail fast.” As if that’s a good thing. The problem, as I see it, with encouraging failure, while the real message is intended to encourage taking action without fear, see what happens, learn from it, and keep going,…

Non-Profit Business Strategy Planning Software Template

When you’re organizing, funding and building a non-profit, a real business plan is the right place to start! You get one chance to grab investors’ interest and prove “why your product,” “why now” and “why from you.” Here’s the software and templates you need to write a business plan to raise $5,000 – $50,000,000! Over…

Video – Writing a Business Plan – Return on Investment

What investors & lenders look for in your business plan! IAN founder and BizPlanBuilder business plan software template creator Burke Franklin consults on writing a business plan — What to think about as you edit the “Return on Investment” section of your business plan and what investors and lenders (crowdfund, angel, venture capital, SBA) look…