Author, entrepreneur, and USA Today columnist, Rhonda Abrams is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost experts on small business, entrepreneurship, and business planning. Through her books, writing, and speaking, Rhonda has helped millions of entrepreneurs launch and grow their own businesses. Rhonda writes the weekly small business and entrepreneurship column in USA Today. Her book, Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies is America’s bestselling business plan guide and has sold more than a million copies.

Rhonda’s 19 books on business planning and entrepreneurship have been translated in over 30 languages, adopted by more than 1000 business schools, including 22 of the top 25 Entrepreneurship programs in the US. Among her bestselling books are Six-Week Start-Up, Business Plan in a Day, and Entrepreneurship: A Real-World Approach.

Rhonda not only writes about entrepreneurship; she lives it. She has started four successful companies. Currently, she’s President and Chief Entrepreneur of PlanningShop, a publishing company creating content for small businesses.

Rhonda has been named one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers every year and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley. She was educated at UCLA and Harvard University. She lives in Palo Alto, California, and her dog, ZuZu, comes to work with her every day.

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Danger Signs

7 Signs Your Small Business Is About to Die

By Rhonda Abrams on March 29, 2017

Every small business owner has good days and bad days, good months and bad months. But how do you know when you’re not just experiencing a temporary downswing but are in serious trouble? Here are seven key danger signs that your business is about to fail and steps you can take to keep your business … Read more »

Economy Pessimism

Small Businesses Worried About the Economy

By Rhonda Abrams on March 22, 2017

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are an optimistic group. They’re bullish on themselves and their own industry. But when it comes to the overall economy, they’re not so upbeat. That’s the conclusion of a new global survey of small companies, “The Future of Business Survey,” being conducted monthly by Facebook and coordinated by the World … Read more »

Small Biz Social Media

Make Sales, Not Tweets

By Rhonda Abrams on March 15, 2017

Our new President, Donald Trump, spends a lot of time on Twitter. He’s tweeted almost 35,000 times and often tweets many times a day. But is all that time on social media well spent? Whether you have one of the world’s largest enterprises to run – let’s say one directly affecting 330 million of your … Read more »

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Speaking Engagements

Rhonda is an enthusiastic and entertaining speaker on a wide range of topics in the small business and entrepreneurship realm. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences, corporate meetings and workshops.

Rhonda is available for keynote addresses, focused breakout sessions, panel moderator and one-on-one speed consulting.

For inquires into hiring Rhonda for your next event please contact PlanningShop via email

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Special Projects

Rhonda and PlanningShop partner with select companies to bring expert advice to small business owners through e-books, interactive guides, social media and more.

If your company is interested in teaming with Rhonda please contact PlanningShop via email

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