Are you teaching a class on starting a business? If you are, then I’d like you to be aware of course.bplans.com.

That’s where I’ve put up a full curriculum/syllabus including lesson plans, exercises and assignments, online videos, and more than a dozen PowerPoint slide presentations complete with slide-by-slide notes and distribution-friendly photos and graphics.

This is material I’ve worked on for years, originally just for my own use as I taught a course in starting a business for undergrads at the University of Oregon. I’m not going to be teaching that course this spring, after 11 years of it, because I’m more involved with angel investment via the Willamette Angel Conference. But I do want to make it available to others. Why not?

The whole curriculum is free to professors on that site. And, just so you understand the motivation, yes, the coursework requires Business Plan Pro, Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start, and my books the Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan and 3 Weeks to Startup (co-authored with Sabrina Parsons). So my company, Palo Alto Software, does make money by selling those to your students. But we have academic pricing, so your students can get all three for less than the $130 average cost of an entrepreneurship textbook. I’d like to think everybody wins.

That’s at course.bplans.com. You’ll find instructions there to get your free registration as a teacher. This was done especially for SBDCs, members of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, community colleges and undergrad business education classes. We’ve been a sponsor of the ASBDC network for 15 years now and of NACCE for two years; so we like to think we understand those needs.

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