Product Description

GUIDED Business Plan™


book + classroom training materials


You have beat the odds of failing in the first year. How do you defy all statistics and become an established business that gets to host holiday parties for their employees year after year? Sometimes you have to look at your business from an outsider’s perspective to see how you can reduce costs, attract and retain customers and prepare for unexpected emergencies. 



The GUIDED Business Plan™ | Founders Forum is divided into five sections:

  • Introduce Your Business
  • Reduce Expenses
  • Get More Clients
  • Prepare for the Unexpected
  • Past/Future


The printed book is just the start to easing some of the stress associated with being the boss. We also give you tools to build your confidence as a leader that will keep your team in sync with your overall vision.


Here are some scenarios where our book may help you create a plan of action:

  • My sales and expense are going at the same pace so I’m not keeping any more money.
  • I have to write job descriptions and they take too much time.
  • I feel like I’m a media story away from being “discovered” – how do I prepare for journalists?
  • How can I save my business after a natural disaster or civil disorder?
  • How can I get more regular customers?


An outside consultant will charge hundreds to ask you the questions in this book. As a bonus, you will received DIY digital tools to present new strategies to your stakeholders!

  • GBP Style Sheet
  • Brand Reference Sheet
  • One-Page Growth Plan Layout
  • GUIDED Talking Points
  • GUIDED Resource Links


Action Items in the Founders Forum edition

  1. Growth SWOT
  2. Streamline Operations
  3. Hire Your Team
  4. Customer Service
  5. Company Culture
  6. Branding
  7. New Markets
  8. Media Exposure
  9. Digital Marketing
  10. Board Development
  11. Procurement
  12. Security
  13. Disaster Preparedness
  14. Goal Setting
  15. One-Page Growth Plan

*Sample Table of Contents...items may change


Pre-Order your edition of the new Founders Forum – available in February 2017. As a thank you for trying out our revised edition, we are giving you $10 off. 


Things to keep in mind...

Description | 52-pages, color cover/black inside, saddle stitch

Retail Price: $49.95 | Discounts are available for not-for-profit organizations

Shipping Cost: $5.95 | This title will begin shipping in February 2017

Personalization | Add a Custom Back Cover for $125 to see your advertisement on the back cover of the book.


Compare our editions | Find the GUIDED Business Plan™ book that is right for you! 


[The GUIDED Business Plan™ book] forces the conversation and interaction in the classroom. The best learning happens when the facilitator shuts up and they answer the questions. 

J. Dawson, Former WBC Director, Women's Business Development Center


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Audiences for the GUIDED Business Plan™ | Founders Forum book:

Strategic planning programs at Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), Minority Business Development Agency, municipal Economic Development departments, and Microenterprise Centers

Individual Entrepreneurs: start-ups (already launched), established (need to increase sales)


Return Policy | All sales are final. Great care is taken to remove typos and grammatical errors. While rare, a book may be printed incorrectly and we will gladly replace the book upon receipt of a picture of the error. 



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