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.

Investors and Term Sheets – Jim Burk – Business Black Belt Podcast

Securities attorney on investors, investing and term sheets… Jim Burk of Burk & Reedy, a Washington, DC-based law-firm who specializes in business law and financing. Jim has 40 years (!) experience in business law and business financing! He assists emerging companies in their initial stages of organization and then growing with the companies through the…

Funding Your Business – Greg Writer – Business Black Belt Podcast

Priorities to prepare for investors Greg Writer, founder and CEO of the Angel Network. Greg has over 31 years experience in corporate finance, capital formation. At 21, he was the youngest owner / operator of a full service investment banking firm in the history of the US — directly involved in over $100 million in…

Managing Creative Interference… Business Builder or Business Killer?

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt Never give an order that can be understood. Always give an order that can never be misunderstood. ~ Douglas MacArthur, W.W.II General Why can’t people follow directions? Your clients and boss are your customers — listening to them and giving them exactly what they…

Video – Writing a Business Plan: Competitive Challenges

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

Let People Tell You What’s Wrong… So They Won’t Tell Everyone Else!

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt The one who needs to know the most is often the last to find out. You must create a connection with your customer grapevine, otherwise you’ll never know trouble is brewing in enough time to deal with it inexpensively. Some study concluded that if…