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Business Plan Competition for Existing Companies

I’m surprised I haven’t seen one of these competitions before. It’s for companies that have no more than $2 million in revenue, implying that most of the companies competing have actually already got off the ground. Interesting concept. Prize is $100k. Link: DrugRisk Solutions, Float Tech make repeat showing at business plan competition – 2005-04-14.

By Noah Parsons |

We’re back

After a very long hiatus, we’re back. In the past year, we’ve launched an update version of Business Plan Pro, added some new members to our team, and focused on continued development of planning applications. Sorry for the long absence, but we’re going to give this blogging thing another shot.

By Noah Parsons |

An Entrepreneur’s Story

StartupJournal.com has a story today that is a first hand account of an entrepreneur and how he created and uses his business plan. What this entrepreneur does and what many fail to do is revisit the plan on a monthly basis to keep his business on track. All businesses should do this. The only thing...

By Noah Parsons |

SBA loan program fix

The troubled SBA 7(a) loan program had been revived by legislation passed by congress last night. Previously, loans had been limited to $750,000 and it had been reported that the entire loan program was on an “indefinite holiday.” The new changes include: 1) lifting the $750,000 loan cap and allows combination or “piggyback” loans 2)...

By Noah Parsons |

Venture Contest Season

So it’s that time again, Spring generates lots of cliches and lots of venture contests as well. What started a couple of decades ago at the University of Texas — as far as I know — has become fashionable all over. If you’re curious, try a Google search for MBA venture contest and you’ll get...

By Tim Berry |

Where to find free market research

ClickZ is working on a series of articles focused on finding free market research information. The latest in the series focuses on resources from the US Census and the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. I am consistently amazed at the amount of free information that is made available on these two sites....

By Noah Parsons |

Blogging for Business

In their latest issue, Fast Company has an interesting article about blogging for business – how companies are using both public and private blogs to increase communication with customers, encourage better internal communication, and market new products. What I found particularly fascinating was the idea of using an internal blog in business to share ideas...

By Noah Parsons |

Trash Talkin’

Tim Berry, author of Business Plan Pro and our resident business planning expert was recently featured over at Inc Magazine in an article about how some companies “go negative” and bash their competition to make a sale. It’s an article worth reading as I’m sure most companies have been at either the giving or the...

By Noah Parsons |

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