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How to Write a Business Plan http://bit.ly/1rqFon5
This article is part of both our "Business Startup Guide" and our "Business Planning Guide"—curated lists of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! You’ve reviewed what a busine...
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The 7 Key Components of a Perfect Elevator Pitch http://bit.ly/1rqFkUe
A free guide to perfecting your pitch, impressing investors, and polishing your strategy. Make sure you cover these 7 critical topics to be successful.
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Our own CEO Sabrina Parsons chimes in on this Forbes piece with her advice:

10 CEOs Offer Their Best Advice For Turning Mistakes Into Learning Opportunities http://onforb.es/1SKwgCd 
These CEOs know how to turn mistakes into opportunities that help them grow stronger and become better.
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Business Startup Checklist http://bit.ly/1rqFkna
Starting your own business may sound like an epic undertaking—but the truth is, it’s not. This checklist covers everything you need to start your business today.
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What is a Social Enterprise? http://bit.ly/1SA3WSW by @oangelique 
This article is part of our “Business Startup Guide” – a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! A social enterprise is defined by its mission, specifically that i...
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AGREE/DISAGREE: I answer and manage the online reviews of my restaurant.

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QUESTION: Have you ever run a special or promotion that made your restaurant a lot of profit? What was it?

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6 Tried and Tested Strategies to Attract Customers to Your Restaurant
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Resources for Entrepreneurs Writing a Business Plan http://bit.ly/21f4Fwr
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AGREE/DISAGREE: If I made a product smaller or made a pink version, women will like it more.

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Introduction

We help you succeed in business. We are here to help you, to teach you, and to provide solutions that build and grow your business. We believe that:

  • You are the most capable person to plan, build, and grow your business.
  • Business planning and strategy isn't rocket science; we all just need to learn together.
  • Planning and running a business can be a lot of fun... really!
  • You can be successful doing it.

Bplans contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing your business. Bplans includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and a panel of experts who have answered thousands of questions from people like you. Bplans has won several awards as a valuable "plain talk" resource.

Bplans is owned and operated by Palo Alto Software, Inc. as a free resource to help entrepreneurs plan better businesses. Palo Alto Software - The Planning People - develops, publishes, and markets award-winning software. Its products offer task-oriented, "know how" solutions for small-business and home-office entrepreneurs, professionals, and middle managers. The company is a privately-owned corporation in Eugene, Oregon.

Palo Alto Software's Windows-based products include Business Plan Pro and Sales and Marketing Pro. Since 1999, Business Plan Pro has led its category, as reported by NPD Intelect, outselling all of its competitors combined.

LivePlan, the newest addition to Palo Alto Software's catalogue, offers online business planning software as a monthly service. And Email Center Pro, another online application, provides better email management for customer service teams.

Palo Alto Software's founder and president is Tim Berry, a renowned planning expert. He is included in "Fire in the Valley", by Swaine and Freiberger, the history of the personal computer industry. Tim contributes regularly to Bplans and several business focused blogs; Planning Startups Stories and Up and Running. His biography is available at www.timberry.com.

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