How I Pitched Mark Cuban My Business Idea Without Ever Going on ‘Shark Tank’

Back in late 2011, I got the opportunity to pitch Mark Cuban. I was just a student at the time, at Howard University, and cofounder of a company — no longer existent — called My College Hu...


So You Have a Business Plan … Now What’s Your BHAG? (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal)

You. Yeah, you. The young entrepreneur with the dream – and the business plan – to jump start your start-up. While the current business climate offers a wealth of opportunities to the young and fe...


How to Use a Business Plan Template as a Resume Writing Tactic

Young professionals, with an entrepreneurial mindset, like us, should take advantage of traditional business management tools as tactics in our career planning strategy. I believe professionals should...


Do You Really Need a Business Plan to Start Your Own Business?

Some people argue that, before you start your own business, you need to have a solid business plan. You need to have a mission, a strategy and quarterly plus annual objectives. You need to know exactl...


10 Ways to Build a Booming Business in Less Than a Decade

  There’s stiff competition out there for nearly every business, but you don’t have to wait half a lifetime to succeed with your startup. Done right, you can see major business success in just a ...


Create a Bulletproof Mission Plan

In this exercise, you will work through a mock mission plan related to either your business or personal life — for example, to launch a new product, service, or venue, or to lose weight. Part 1:...


How College Business Plan Competitions Can Help Your Career

College business plan competitions are widespread and are held in most areas at least once per year. Most people assume that business plan competitions are helpful only for undergraduate and MBA stude...


Why Startups No Longer need a Business Plan

The taxonomy of a startup has shifted over the past decade. As entrepreneurs leave behind traditional paradigms of “business” and foster an environment conducive to sustainable and equitable growt...


10 Tips They Probably Won’t Teach you in Business School

1.) How to listen well Active listening is perhaps one of the most powerful things a person in sales or business can learn. It’s rare in this world that one seeks to understand before being understo...


You Inherited the Family Business… Now What?

The baton is passed; the papers are signed; the nameplate on the door has been changed. The family business is now your business, and what you do with it over the next few months will help chart its c...