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.

Keep Your Eye on Selling

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt What have you done for your customers lately? As your business picks up momentum, it also picks up problems and you get further away from your customers. If sales drop, you’re in trouble. We always see a fall-off in sales and cash flow when…

Video: Writing a Business Plan – Value Proposition

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 “Value Proposition” section of your business plan and what investors and lenders (crowdfunding, angels, venture capital, SBA)…

Deal Terms For Angel Investors – Rob Kramarz
Business Black Belt Podcast

Angel Investor, Rob Kramarz, Shares His Thinking on Investing in Companies, and Some New Ideas for Structuring the Deal Terms I‘m talking with Rob Kramarz, a serial entrepreneur and investor with interests in life sciences and technology. He’s been active in San Diego Venture Group, OCTANe (an accelerator in Orange County), Tech Coast Angels, Connect…

Giving & Taking Credit

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. ~ Thomas Edison, Inventor Watch a skillful billiards player… It’s easier to take credit for your skill when you’ve called your shot vs. just slamming the ball and hoping for it to fall into any…

Video: Writing a Business Plan – Describing Your Products and Services

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 “Products & Services” section of your business plan and what investors and lenders (crowdfunding, angels, venture capital,…