Jonathan Michael

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Episode 2: Business Planning, Content Marketing, and 3D Printing – The Bcast

Welcome to the Bcast, the official podcast of Bplans.com. Each week we discuss the latest news, resources, and advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted by Jonathan Michael and Peter Thorsson. In this week’s episode, we use the Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand to show you how to write a business plan in under an... Read more »

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Lara Galloway’s Time Management Tips and Productivity Hacks [VIDEO]

I had the pleasure of co-hosting a free Bplans webinar with Lara Galloway, a business coach and time management expert. In the webinar, Lara offered some excellent time management tips and productivity hacks. She also answered several audience questions, which I’m sure you will find useful for your own situation at home or at work. Lara... Read more »

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Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [FREE Webinar]

What do you want from your business? Growth? Profits? Peace of mind? Choosing your own destiny? That’s what lean business planning is all about. It’s not just a plan, but rather an ongoing management process. Create a streamlined strategy and decide tactics, dates, and deadlines in the lean plan, then review results regularly, and revise... Read more »

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Episode 1: Business Loans, Website Tips, and the Apple Watch – The Bcast

Welcome to the Bcast, the official podcast of Bplans.com. Each week we discuss the latest news, resources and advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted by Jonathan Michael and Peter Thorsson. In this week’s episode we discuss: 10 Things the Bank Will Ask When You Need a Business Loan 5 Things Your Website Must... Read more »

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Time Management Tips and Productivity Hacks for Successful Entrepreneurs [Free Webinar]

Time is a lot like money, with one important difference. While we can choose to save or spend both of them, we just can’t make more time. What would you do if you had more time? How would you spend it? How can the way you spend your time make you a happier, more successful... Read more »

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One Page Business Pitch Template Download [FREE]

Before you write your business plan, you should spend some time experimenting with your business idea and gathering your core assumptions onto a one page business pitch. That’s why we created our one page business pitch template. Using the free template, you can quickly create a simple, shareable, and impressive overview of your business. With detailed instructions for each section, you... Read more »

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Webinar Recap: 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded

Last week, Bplans members had the opportunity to attend our free webinar, “14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded.” Our featured speaker was Caroline Cummings, the VP of Business Development at Palo Alto Software. As the former co-founder and CEO of two technology companies, Caroline has experienced both start-up failures and successes, and... Read more »

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14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded [Webinar]

You made the leap. You’ve taken the steps to start your own business, and it’s more than just an idea. There’s only one problem: you don’t have the capital you need to get it off the ground or take it to the next level. You need investors. When it comes to pitching your business, you... Read more »

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Need a Good Reason to Start a Business? Here are 30.

Are you toying with an idea for a business? A lot of people think about starting a business, but for whatever reason the idea never becomes a reality. If you’re an entrepreneur who is on the fence about starting a business, we have the encouragement you need to take the first step. We asked 30... Read more »

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12 Products and How Their Prices Have Changed Over the Last 100 Years

This look back through history proves that the price of products is never set in stone. From electronics to food and appliances, very few products have remained in the same price range when compared to their original counterparts. Each of the following images is broken down into three elements: “What it Was:” – This was the original... Read more »

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12 Business Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Year

Are you a voracious reader? I have to admit that I’m not. I’m what you call a voracious book starter. A lot of topics interest me, but there are only a few books each year that keep my attention long enough for me to finish them. I’ve looked at some of the business books coming out over the next... Read more »

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The Year’s 10 Best Movies for Entrepreneurs

Jon Favreau (who also wrote and directed the film) stars as Carl Casper, a head chef who is fired after a video of his spat with a food critic goes viral. That’s when he decides to start a food truck and reignite his passion for cooking. This is the only movie on my list that actually involves an... Read more »

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13 Quotes on the Joy and Importance of Giving

Will your business end the year strong? Are your employees staying productive? How will you get a jump on next year? Amid these concerns, don’t forget to enjoy this season and share joy with others. Generosity is good for you and your business, and some of the most successful people have tapped into the power of giving. That’s... Read more »

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Our 10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

  2014 is on its way out. I don’t know about you, but as the year comes to a close, I love looking back to consider how the year unfolded. Did everything go as planned? What things were unexpected–good or bad? What did I learn from my experiences? Finally, what can I take with me to help... Read more »

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Public Relations Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs [Webinar Recap]

To grow a business, most entrepreneurs know that they should be implementing PR strategies. But where do you start, and what are the best approaches to public relations for an entrepreneur? For this webinar, we were joined by Jennefer Witter, CEO and founder of the Boreland Group, and author of the new book, “The Little... Read more »

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Target Marketing 101 [Infographic]

The term “target marketing” has been around for decades, but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows what it is or how to apply it to their business. If you’re just starting out, or if marketing your business has been something that you do without fully understanding it, then getting a grasp on target marketing will... Read more »

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How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Webinar Recap]

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner with questions about funding your small business? Maybe you are wondering which metrics to track, or whether or not you should take out a loan for your business. If so, stick around—in this webinar, we featured a panel of experts to answer questions about funding your small... Read more »

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She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs

To celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’ve collected 21 quotes from women about the challenges and fulfillment they’ve found in entrepreneurship. Featuring iconic business women and trailblazers like Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel, and Arianna Huffington, to small business owners who are etching out a path of their own and reaping the rewards. Do you have a quote... Read more »

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Free Webinar: PR Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Do you want to build your visibility? Grow your brand? Get your “unfair share” of attention? And are you at a loss at how to do so? Any size business can benefit from public relations, and PR expert Jennefer Witter is here to provide you with nuts-and-bolts tactics that PR pros use. The best part?... Read more »

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The Millennial Entrepreneur: Idealistic or Realistic? [With Infographic]

Earlier this spring, studies in both the U.S. and the UK have reported declines in entrepreneurship: more startups failing, fewer getting off the ground, and low growth expectations for those currently open. After all this time, is it possible that entrepreneurs are now an endangered species? I hope you can sense the sarcasm in my... Read more »