I‘ve been helping entrepreneurs and business owners like you for more than 40 years — mostly from within our Business Power Tools software apps and templates, and thru my blogs and book, "Business Black Belt."   My “Hero’s Journey” started In the early ’80s, I was the electronics buyer and a copywriter for the Sharper Image catalog. Later, I also sold some really cool word-processors in Silicon Valley. After Macs and PCs became popular, I started my own business creating sales literature for tech companies. A friend had a deal going to sell his engineering software to Apple. They wanted to see his business plan to be sure his company would stay in business to provide future upgrades and support. At the time, I viewed a business plan as an elaborate brochure that sold his concept to people at all levels, and responsibilities with various perceptions, biases, and interests. (I learned that from selling word-processors.) We got the deal. Over the next year, people came to me with some brilliant ideas, but their plans weren’t getting funded. I helped them fill in the missing parts to succeed. Along the way, I saw that business plans have a fundamentally universal structure. Hmmm…    What if I took all the content I’d developed, redacted everything proprietary, but filled in the blanks with a variety of customizable multiple-choice options, and offered it as a software template that many people could use?    This became BizPlanBuilder, the first of its kind, and my new company took off!    Inspired to help others build businesses that would make our world a better place, we became our own Guinea pigs seeking to remove as many common mistakes and as much unnecessary BS as possible, and crafted tools for others building businesses to make our world a better place.    We followed-up with MarketingBuilder, which picked-up where BizPlanBuilder left off, then we went even further with PRBuilder which included sample press release templates… In another direction, we added EmployeeManualBuilder and SafetyPlanBuilder full of actual policies and procedures.     Altogether, we had 10 products in about 3,500 retail stores and built a $12 million company with 30 employees… (All that to say, I've been down the road you're on. I didn't just make this stuff up!)     Today, all of our products have been integrated into a streamlined and unified online toolbox/dashboard. And we’re the leader in business development software templates that help you build your business.     I also like dogs, kick-boxing, flying airplanes, writing, walking on the beach at sunset, candlelight dinners, and red wine... :-)

Marketing…

Excerpted from the book on mindful business management, Business Black Belt Creating an environment where sales can occur. Have your customers think it’s their idea to buy your product or service. Most people fail in marketing because they’re too bashful to market full out. If you really have confidence in your product or service, if…

Grant Funding – Sherita Herring – Business Black Belt

Sherita Herring shares her expertise and insights into Grant Funding Since 1994 the Kreative Images Foundation has specialized in effective business strategies, nonprofit development and strengthening communities all over the world through speaking engagements, live radio broadcasts, grant writing workshops, board development, nonprofit development services. Sherita Herring is a best-selling author, renowned speaker, business strategist…

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…

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…