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.

Be Part of a Virtual Company

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem. Promoting yourself or your services as a component of someone else’s virtual corporation can be to your advantage.   A virtual corporation can be thought of as the coordination of existing services to…

Psyching-Up to Ask Investors for Money

Since you already have a great business plan (you purchased and used BizPlanBuilder so I know!), I want to address some of the psychological influences that may be stopping you from continuing, seeking and getting the money you need to build your business. Investors want to invest! They’re praying to their God every day that…

Video: Writing Your Business Plan – Product Distribution

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 Product Distribution” section of your business plan and what investors and lenders (crowdfunding, angels, venture capital, SBA)…

Leave Your Pitch On the Phone!

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. The truth can be told in two minutes or less. ~ Paul Larson, founder, Summit Organization We can use our voice mail systems to produce virtual conversations—people no longer need to talk in person to make their point. I get messages on my voice…

Using Competitors for Fun & Profit

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt. Look around for the sucker. If you can’t recognize him, it’s probably you. ~ Poker player’s adage Believe it or not, competition can actually improve your business. I analyze my advertising results because I invest a lot of money and I want to know…