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... :-)

A Black Belt in Business?

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt Live your life in a way that you would recommend it to anybody. Anonymous Here is my pitch for studying martial arts—it provides a wonderful metaphor for life as well as a great work-out that includes a variety of practical tools to get you…

The Pain and Pleasure of Constant Consciousness

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt Accidents happen… when you are thinking about something else. You must pay attention to everything all the time. The world is moving too fast and mistakes are too expensive for you to allow yourself to “space out.” You must always be conscious. You can’t…

Business Black Belt – A Trick to Remember

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt I’m interested only in God’s thoughts, the rest are details. ~ Albert Einstein, physicist What if you could naturally trigger your memory at a future date or time so you would remember to do something? This is a little trick I discovered. I call…

More Than 5 Senses You Can Use

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. ~ Hans Margolius In addition to your five senses, many other “senses” provide quality direction—beyond the limited scope of your intellect. I was taught that…

We Are Reflections of the People Around Us

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist and poet Different people with their variety of baggage come before us in life to teach us something—you can resist them only to…