Jonathan Michael

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

Recent Articles Published by Jonathan Michael

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57 Resources to Help You Celebrate National Small Business Week 2016

At Bplans, we’re happy to celebrate National Small Business Week by giving you access to the best resources and advice we have for small businesses. Read more »

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The 15 Best Movies for Entrepreneurs of 2015

If you’ve been busy running, or planning your own business, it’s a good idea to take a few hours and let yourself unwind. Movies are a great way to do this. Read more »

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Episode 12: How to Define Your Target Market, Guest Eric Siu, and the #MinimumWage | The Bcast

Peter and Jonathan discuss how to define your target market, competitive analysis with Eric Siu (The Growth Everywhere podcast), and whether or not the federal minimum wage should be increased. Read more »

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The 5 Scariest People to Work With (Plus: The 3 BEST People to Work With)

The Vampire, the Ghost, the Zombie—under no circumstances should you put yourself in a work environment with these terrifying monsters. Read more »

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Free Download: Investor Pitch Deck Template Kit

Want investors to get excited about your business idea? Download our free investor pitch deck template kit now, and get ready to impress your audience. Read more »

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Episode 11: Business Buzzwords, False Assumptions, and Content Tips from Joe Pulizzi | The Bcast

This week, Peter and Jonathan list their most-hated business buzzwords and false assumptions, and Joe Pulizzi (founder, Content Marketing Institute) also joins in. Read more »

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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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The 15 Best Business Podcasts for Startups (and Our Podcast Too…)

Whether you are considering starting your own business, or you are already an entrepreneur, listening to podcasts can be a great way to learn from others. 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 »