2015 Review

2015 was a productive year

Our 2015 Year in Review

Thank you for your support -- even just opening our eblasts makes a difference! We'll have a lot to talk about in 2016 with our new collaborations!!

Guided Business Plan is an entrepreneur education firm that publishes books to simplify business plans and growth strategies. We collaborate with business development organizations to launch innovative programs that attract affinity groups of entrepreneurs.



The GUIDED Business Plan™ series of books and workshops includes Millennial Start-Up (high school and college), First Time CEO (new chief everything officers), Military CEO (veterans), Founders Forum (established), Tech Start-Up (investor pitches), Encore Entrepreneur (baby boomers 50+ years), Community (colleges and start-ups: longer version), Build to Scale (established: longer version), Starter (6-hours), Gear Up (project-based) plus the GUIDED Sub-Contracting Plan™.


We were contacted by a professor at Framingham State University who said “I wish I knew about this book two years ago.” His students will use the 180-page Community edition when classes resume after winter break. Thank you Carrie!


The GUIDED Business Plan™ | Military CEO curriculum will be used in Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago to foster entrepreneurship among women veterans and military spouses. CAMEO, a California consortium of business development centers, and The Jonas Project, selected us for their pilot courses in early 2016. These multi-week classes will lead up to their annual WOVEN event in November. Thank you to the committee!

If you would like more information about any of these initiatives or to sponsor a project, please email me directly. We are also looking for the right people to join our business development team.


I was asked to be a Table Speaker at the Boomer Venture Summit in Silicon Valley where I met legendary TV producer Norman Lear and exchanged books with UGG® Australia founder Brian Smith. Thinking about a gift for an ambitious entrepreneur? His book, Birth of a Brand, documents his “how I did it” and what it took to become a billion dollar brand. The Boomer Summits (March and June) are must attend events. Thank you Mary and Lori!


We exhibited at the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conference in San Francisco where about 2/3 of the 1500 attendees streamed by our booth (we were next to the photo studio Two Dudes & A Booth). With only a weekend in between, we went to El Paso to exhibit at the Association of Women’s Business Centers. Each attendee received one of five GBP book editions in their gift bag. It was exciting to be part of their inaugural conference.


The Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles and SBDC hosted by Pacific Coast Regional accepted our proposal and hosted a GUIDED Sub-Contracting Plan™ workshop in MWD’s boardroom in May. Dr. Garnett Newcombe shared how she earned millions in contracts over the past 17 years. MWD’s Business Outreach group explained how to do business with MWD. Their procurement representatives joined us for lunch and informal interaction with participants.I heard that two businesses were awarded contracts in the following months. Thank you to John, Lydia, Ken, Carmen, Moty and the rest of the team. Thank you Constance and PCR for saying yes and to Kunya Nix of Prudential Insurance for sponsoring the GBP books.


We introduced the Starter edition to SBDC trainers in Las Vegas and Reno. They hosted a Spanish version of the 6-hour class this fall and are looking to expand to other locations in the state. Thank you KC and NV SBDC!


In February I was invited to speak at a Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce event hosted by the Military Veterans Commerce Committee. During the summer I spoke to a group of visiting Nelson Mandela Fellows in Reno. YALI, an international program for millennial entrepreneurs from across Africa, hosts this event at universities across America.


Did you know that Long Beach SBDC has a BIMA program to mentor beauty brands as they expand internationally? The 3-year course has resulted in trade missions to Dubai, Italy and other countries and $28 million in new export sales. Guided Business Plan was selected to revamp their curriculum over the summer in order to package the course for a global audience. Thank you Patty!



BUSINESS COACHES—increase your billable hours by using our personalized books during consulting sessions. Your clients will work on chapters with your guidance and recognize where they need your in-depth support. Interested? Please contact us.

NEW WEBSITE! In 2016 we will launch a new website with a store to sell GUIDED Business Plan™ books to individual entrepreneurs. Need them earlier? Contact us at 888.523.5244 x704 or email us to place a special order. 

FIND A CLASS: Four of our newest centers will start the new year by offering the First Time CEO class (Memphis, TN and Albany, GA), the Starter (Baltimore, MD) and the GUIDED Sub-Contracting Plan™ (Washington, D.C.). We are in more than ten states. Contact us to find a class.

Five plus years in the making and we are still moving forward with the support of our entrepreneur community!

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
~ Harriet Tubman

Happy Holidays!

Melanie Rae
Founder + Managing Director | Guided Business Plan