Jonathan Michael

Jonathan is the Community Manager for Bplans.com Follow Jonathan on Google+.

Recent Articles Published by Jonathan Michael

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How to Pitch, Plan, and Track Your Business with LivePlan [VIDEO]

Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software, explains how LivePlan can help you pitch, plan, and track your business. Read more »

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Episode 10: How to Pitch Your Business, and Brand Storytelling with Park Howell | The Bcast

This week Peter and Jonathan talk about how to pitch your business. Park Howell (from The Business of Story podcast) explains how to tell your brand story. Read more »

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Episode 9: Lean Business Planning With Tim Berry | The Bcast

This week Peter and Jonathan talk to Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software, about lean business planning, strategy, tactics, specifics, and the forecast. Read more »

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Why Your Business (and Personal) Credit Matters [VIDEO]

Did you know that there's a difference between personal credit and business credit? Watch this one-hour video with Creditera's Tim Graczewski to learn proven tactics for building a stronger business credit profile, and why it matters. Read more »

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Episode 8: Charlie’s Bcast Email, Startup Incubators, and 10 Reasons Why Startups Fail | The Bcast

This week we get an email from one of our listeners, Peter and Jonathan discuss startup incubators, and our guest Caroline talks to us about the "F" word and 10 reasons why startups fail. Read more »

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Create a Business with Your Art (Q&A with Ann Rea)

We had the privilege of hosting a one-hour Q&A session with Ann Rea, a successful artist and entrepreneur who is devoted to destroying the myth of the "starving artist." Our audience members submitted so many great questions that had to do with how to turn a creative passion into a profitable business. Read more »

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Episode 7: Changing Plans, Niche Marketing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) | The Bcast

This week Peter and Jonathan debate whether your should stick to your plan or change it. Lara Galloway (@mombizcoach) joins the show to discuss niche marketing. Finally, is the “Internet of Things” the sign of progress, or pushing us toward a grim future? Subscribe: Stitcher | TuneIn | Pocket Casts | PlayerFM | Soundcloud Do... Read more »

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Episode 6: Cameron Hates Our YouTube Ad | The Bcast

This week, we talk to Cameron about our LivePlan YouTube ad. Who is Cameron? Well, he hates our YouTube ad. We also chat with our eCommerce expert, John Procopio, about what to do when you get negative customer feedback. Listen to Episode 6: Show notes: The Backstory (with John Procopio) – (:37) Watch our LivePlan YouTube... Read more »

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Episode 5: Alex Blumberg, Business Credit, and Cloud-Based Subscription Services

This week, we hear from Alex Blumberg from Gimlet Media and the Startup Podcast in our new Bcast Bytes segment. Peter and Jonathan talked to Levi King from Creditera about why your business credit matters, and we share a few of our favorite subscription services. Only have time for a Bcast Byte? Here’s our first one... Read more »

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Free Webinar: How to Build Your Brand

Do you want to learn how you can get big brand value on a small business budget? What can you do to increase customer loyalty, and get the recognition your business needs? Discover what a brand is, why it matters, and how easy it is to create one for your business. If you completed our Big... Read more »

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The Art of Work with Jeff Goins [VIDEO]

Last week we had the pleasure of inviting bestselling author and speaker, Jeff Goins, to join us for a webinar. Jeff gave an inspiring presentation based on his new book, The Art of Work. During the webinar, Jeff highlighted the results of his many hours of reading, and personal interviews with some of the world’s... Read more »

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Episode 4: Signs You Need a Manager, Online Tools for Startups, and Our TV and Podcast Top Picks

Tune in weekly for a fun and informative discussion that will help you grow your business. Every week, we bring in business experts to discuss the latest trends in marketing, sales, and entrepreneurship. Skip the stuffy MBA classroom and get information and advice that will actually help you grow your business today—and have some fun... Read more »

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The Art of Work with Author Jeff Goins [Free Webinar]

Should you start your own business, or stick to your day job? Is your passion all that’s required to succeed? Join author and speaker, Jeff Goins, on Thursday, June 4 at 12:30pm EST for a free webinar based on his new book, “The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to... Read more »

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Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO]

We recently had Tim Berry, Palo Alto Software founder and business planning expert, present our Bplans audience with his latest advice on lean business planning. He is the known guru in business planning, particularly for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs, although he’s worked with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as well. Lean business planning offers... Read more »

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Episode 3: A Startup Comic Book Company, How to Find a Mentor, and #BigData – 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, Peter and Jonathan talk about Robot Paper, a startup comic book company founded by Brian Wyrick. We also learn... Read more »

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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 »