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Jon Vaughn | Posted 03.31.2015 | Chicago
Jon Vaughn

I called a friend. He said, "Pick five scenarios that you think MIGHT happen at this investor presentation, write them down and get it out of your head." It reminded me of the chorus to The Cranberries' "Zombie." I've been here before, I'll keep fighting.

Stop Writing Long Reports

Josh Patrick | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Josh Patrick

Whether you use mind maps or short reports with lots of bullet points you want to be clear in your communication. The clearer you are, the easier it is for others to implement. After all, isn't that what it's all about? Having clear implementation with as little effort as possible.

Hard Truths About Business Plans and Angel Investors

Tim Berry | Posted 09.13.2014 | Small Business
Tim Berry

Earlier this year I reviewed submissions on more than 30 businesses for our angel investment group in two days. Yes, I was cramming! No, I didn't read the business plans, just the summaries. So here's what I saw about business plans, summaries, and angel investors.

How to Assess a Social Enterprise

Hila Mehr | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

How do we really know when an organization is doing quality work we should rally behind and having a real, positive impact, versus just using the right buzzwords?

4 Traps To Avoid In Business Plans For Startup Tech Companies

Jose Vasquez | Posted 02.01.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Business plans can attract new investors to your idea, or they can serve as an excellent platform if you're seeking grants. No matter what your eventual goals are, having a solid business plan is absolutely essential.

Young NFTE Entrepreneurs Compete for National Championship: Now the Final Four Head to the Finals!

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

NFTE business plan competition finals grow all the more selective as four from the original cohort of 39 young entrepreneurs move on to last round.

Part V, The Road to Nationals: How NFTE Graduates Around the Country Are Getting Ready for October 3

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

We're almost there -- October 3rd, when 39 students representing 35 businesses from around the country will contend for top honors and for the chance to win over $25,000 in cash and prizes from Mastercard to help bring their business ideas to life or advance their education.

Part IV, The Road to Nationals: How NFTE Graduates Around the Country Are Getting Ready for October 3

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.30.2013 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Students will gather from all corners of the country for the competition and the southeastern region will be represented by student entrepreneurs dealing in everything from web design to fashion to software.

Part III, The Road to Nationals: How NFTE Graduates Around the Country Are Getting Ready for October 3

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.29.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

From fighting bullying, to baking fortune cookies, to the world of fashion, these students from the Nation's Capital, Baltimore and Philadelphia are inspiring and I know they will stand out with their innovative business ideas.

Beware: 5 Biz Partners to Avoid in 2013

Zondra Hughes | Posted 02.26.2013 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

Great ideas and hard work will yield nothing if you don't have the right team. The good news is that there's no time like the present to make a change, so do what you must to make it work.

Why Your Startup Shouldn't Have a Detailed Business Plan

Brazen Life | Posted 02.17.2013 | Small Business
Brazen Life

What's the point of a business plan if you can't seem to get your startup off the ground? If you find your company struggling, you might end up throwing that business plan out the window anyhow.

Three Cheers for Family and Friends -- Funding America's Small Businesses and Our College Grads

Nick Bassill | Posted 08.08.2012 | Small Business
Nick Bassill

Many graduates, burdened by debt, are questioning what they should do next. Some are now thinking about creating their own business. So, the challenge is, how does anyone with an idea and a dream get the training and funding needed?

Business Plan Basics: Get Your Business on Track

Women & Co | Posted 07.15.2012 | Small Business
Women & Co

When starting a business, a solid business plan can help you secure financing and win those crucial first customer.

Your Strategic Plan -- Dead or Alive? Nine Ways to Make It Live

Ray Gagnon | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Going about it the right way and being serious about the result can buy you a critical organization asset: an articulated framework of ideas that rationalizes everything you do and results in greater focus and synergy across your entire enterprise.

Should You Burn Your Business Plan?

Frank Farwell | Posted 03.12.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Burn it in the fireplace, recycle it with this week's trash, or deep-six it in the back of a storage closet. You'll probably be doing yourself a favor. Let me explain why.

Our Future Business Leaders Are All About Green

Andrew Winston | Posted 08.13.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

If these entrepreneurs are our future business titans, then I'm feeling pretty good about where we're headed.

Rod Kurtz

Writing A Business Plan? Better Talk To Rob Adams First | Rod Kurtz | Posted 08.12.2011 | Small Business

Rob Adams has spent most of his career catching companies on the rise. As an entrepreneur and institutional investor, he has founded or financed more ...

10 Business Plan Follies That Make Investors Cringe

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur likes to think that their document is inspirational. Every serious investor has a stack of these in their in-basket. Here is what investors say the former shouldn't do.

Seven Companies That Rely On Aging Products

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some of America's largest companies rely heavily on products which they have owned for decades to account for a very large portion of their sales and ...

26 Smart Business Resolutions for the New Year

BJ Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
BJ Gallagher

Let's change the conversation from "Where are the jobs?" to "How can I reinvent myself?"

How Bad? Top 10 Lies About Business Planning (PHOTOS)

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tim Berry

As the world moves faster and faster and tools get better, businesses need good planning more than ever. Unfortunately, as the need has grown, so too has the size of the whoppers that experts who should know better tell.

Do Your Teams Produce Reports or Results?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

In many organizations, success becomes defined as a good set of recommendations, even if there is no tangible change. Challenge your teams to produce a real result and not just a report.

Rod Kurtz

Ask Rod, Episode 23: How Can I Generate More Business With My Website? | Rod Kurtz | Posted 01.26.2012 | Small Business

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz offers tips on sprucing up your website and writing an effective business plan. Plus, meet Rod's newest sidekick!...

Rod Kurtz

Ask Rod, Episode 8: How Do I Prioritize? | Rod Kurtz | Posted 01.26.2012 | Small Business

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz takes a break from his reception duties to offer advice about multitasking and writing a great business plan....