Business Planning Guide

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Recent Business Planning Articles

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Joi Ito Nails It On Business Planning In This TED Talk

By Tim Berry

Here’s some great insight on the evolution of business plans and business planning, from Joi Ito, Director of MIT’s MediaLabs: Ito urges us to follow a compass rather than a map. Instead of planning out every exact points before you start, allow yourself to make the decisions you need as you go in the general… Read more »

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What the Scrambling Quarterback Says About Business Planning

By Tim Berry

I was delighted to catch Sometimes You Have to Scramble  in my blog feed yesterday. That post on smallbizclub.com was written by pro football hall-of-gamer Fran Tarkenton, who was famous for scrambling as quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, back in the 1970s. Who better to point out two essential truths about real-world… Read more »

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How the Accelerator Experience Improved My Startup

By Ely Greenberg

Now that I'm nearly done with the accelerator experience, I'm not burnt-out—I'm more eager than ever to be successful. Here's how accelerators keep you at the top of your game. Read more »

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How Do I Create a Plan And Stick To It?

By Tim Berry

Here are the two keys to creating an ongoing process that works. Read more »

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Can a Small Business Consultant Help You Run Your Business?

By Mayra Ceja

There comes a point in every business when the owner realizes they need advice and wonders, “Should I hire a consultant?” Read more »