Planning to Fail, Failing to Plan…

Posted on January 23, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Since nearly 50 percent of new businesses fail within five years, a well-thought-out business plan can dramatically turn the odds in your favor.

My good friend, Hal Shelton, has just published a book “The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan: a Pro Shares a Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Plan That Gets Results”. It is available at

In this easy-to-follow book, you  will:

  1. discover why she needs a business plan and the best style for her situation,
  2. receive step-by-step guidance for creating each section of her plan,
  3. be able to write the plan as she goes using worksheets in every chapter
  4. get proven strategies for obtaining bank loans and attracting investors, and
  5. most importantly, be able to spend less time writing her plan and more time setting up the business.

I have known Hal for several years; he has the background and experience that makes this book a must-read for small business owners. He has been a C-suite executive at for profit and nonprofit companies, a board member at for profit and nonprofits, an angel investor and a certified SCORE mentor and in this role he has assisted over 1,000 clients.


I highly recommend this book to you and to anyone you know who is thinking of starting a for profit business or nonprofit. Developing a plan to guide you to a successful business operation is critical.  To learn more about the book and Hal, visit his web site at   Pass it on!


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