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.

Investor SCAM Alert!

It’s hard enough to find financing for your business let alone worry about being ripped off along the way by scammers preying on your desperation for funding. Here’s a good one that recently came my way… “We are most interested in business opportunities that require equity investment, debt investment and venture capital for start-up or…

Get a Life!

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” ~ Cyril Northcote Parkinson When you proactively fill your time, you can prevent BS from filling it for you. A friend of mine was complaining that many otherwise great projects were going undone…

Video – Writing a business plan – Use of Funds

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

What Are You Going to Do Next?

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. “You know exactly what to do. You just don’t do it fast enough.” ~ Robert Petersen, CFI, Flight Instructor You really do know what to do… One afternoon I was flying my airplane home with my instructor. As we flew into the San Francisco Bay…

Video – Writing a business plan – Capital Requirements

What to think about as you edit the “Capital Requirements” section of your business plan and what investors and lenders (crowdfund, angel, venture capital, SBA) look for as they consider funding your start up or growing company.