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.

Get Your Life Off the Roller Coaster… and Into a Steady Climb

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt Should you quit while you’re ahead? What if you did everything you need do to turn your life around—when it’s at the bottom—and then continued these efforts when everything is good? You would continue on an upward trend. The Roller Coaster Whoever said “You…

Focus on Your Goal… Not on How You’ll Get There

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt Don’t tell me something’s impossible. Tell me what it would take to make it possible. After we figure out what we want, we immediately start to figure out how to get it. We can achieve the same result in many ways. Don’t get too…

KARMA: Your Cosmic Credit Report

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt It takes about 10 years to become an overnight sensation. What goes around, comes around. It starts with you—even if nobody is looking. These days credit is on everyone’s mind. A poor credit report stays with you for 7-10 years no matter how good…

Why Smart People Don’t Learn So Well

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt At a certain age, people’s minds close up; they live on their intellectual fat. ~ William Lyon Phelps Otherwise intelligent people often unconsciously use their existing knowledge to block new ideas or facts coming in. This keeps them stuck and makes them a challenge…

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We’re Full of Solutions Looking for Problems

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt A good answer evolves from many good questions. –Burke Franklin, Author, Business Black Belt If I had two hours to solve a problem, I would spend the first hour and a half asking questions and questioning assumptions—mine and those of everyone involved. I’ve found…