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.

Video: Writing a Business Plan – Market Trends

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

Video: Writing a Business Plan – SWOT Analysis

What investors & lenders look for in your business strategy 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 “SWOT Analysis” (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) section of your business plan and what investors and lenders…

Hiring the Right People

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability. ~ Elbert Hubbard, writer Before you hire anyone just to get some more things done, take some time to plan what you…

Management by Centrifugal Force

Excerpted from the book on enlightened business, Business Black Belt “Come to the edge,” he said. “We are afraid,” they said. “Come to the edge,” he said. They came… He pushed them …and they flew. Here’s a possible way to think of your business structure, regardless of the structure you actually have, and have what…

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Video – Writing Your Business Plan – Market Conditions

What investors and lenders look for in your business and in your plan! In this brief video, Business Power Tools founder and BizPlanBuilder business plan software template creator Burke Franklin coaches on writing a business plan — What to think about as you edit the “Market Conditions” 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.