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.

Use this creativity hack to solve business problems

By the author of Business Black Belt, the book on conscious business management. I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately on creativity. I don’t have a class or anything to sell on this, but do I have an idea that I want to share with you. It may just be the very thing that…

What to Do When Nothing is Working…

By the author of Business Black Belt, the book on mindful business management. Some days are better than others. Some days it seems that nothing works. Some would say that Mercury is in retrograde. (I don’t even know what that means!) What do you do when nothing is working? Many people would tell you to…

Video Coaching – Writing your business plan – Customer Service

What investors & lenders look for in your business plan Business 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 “Customer Service” section of your business plan and what investors and lenders (crowdfund, angel, venture capital, SBA)…

Bankruptcy… Behind the Scenes

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. New meaning for the term, “Go for broke.” Bankruptcy may seem like an easy way out of paying your bills, but it can leave you open to losing a lot more—and it’s an opportunity for shrewd takeovers. Here’s a story that looks at a…

Write it how you would say it.

Excerpted from, Business Black Belt, “The Enlightened Entrepreneur’s Manifesto” It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid. ~ Albert Einstein, physicist We can learn much to improve our everyday written communications by studying the techniques used by advertising copywriters. In school, some of us “BSed” our way through certain essays…