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One Page Business Plans: Simple and Highly Effective

Learn how to write a complete business plan in the equivalent of 29 tweets (or less) on a single page using keywords and short phrases. Read more

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Business Plan Template for a Startup Business

To increase your odds of a successful business startup, download this step-by-step business plan template you can use to plan for your new business. Read more

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5 Reasons Your Startup Needs a Business Plan

Doing some pre-startup homework and crafting a business plan now will make your life post-startup so much easier. Read more

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"Fool Me Once" - A COVID-19 Cautionary Tale for Business Owners

July 10, 2020

Don’t let any easing of COVID-19 pandemic lull us into a false sense that things are, in any way, back to normal. The pandemic is representative of a class of risk items that are very rare in their occurrence (low probability) but have catastrophic consequences (high impact). Here are some ideas of other such events that could catastrophically impact a business.

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Recommended Reading List for Startups (Updated)

July 1, 2020

If you own a business or are considering starting a business of your own, the learning never ends. Here are my recommendations for must-reads. Whether you own a business, lead a business or plan to start a business, these are, in my view, the essentials:

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Communicating More Effectively in the Age of COVID

May 27, 2020

COVID-19 has driven us to use electronic media. Zoom usage has exploded. Unfortunately, many companies cannot even operate during this time. The smart ones are keeping their employees and customers informed using email, texts, social media, videos and phone calls.

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It's Never Risky to Manage Risk: Use Now as An Opportunity

May 4, 2020

Risk is made tangible by evaluating the likelihood of the risk and the severity of the consequences should it happen. For example, a pandemic is one of those things that seemed somewhat unlikely (we thought) but would have a catastrophic consequence on most every piece of our existence (proven in real-time).

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Mentor Q&A: 4x4 with Dick Rappleye

March 17, 2020

Dick Rappleye is a Certified Volunteer Mentor with the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE. Here are four questions and four answers (4x4) with one of our most dedicated mentors...

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