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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Start Your Own Food Business on the Cheap

By Rhonda Abrams on June 26, 2017

Paul Newman did it. Heidi Klum did it. Jimmy Dean did it. Ludacris did it. Many people dream of taking their favorite recipes and turning their love of food into their own business. Starting a food-oriented small business can be more than just a dream. If you want to package and sell your soup, jam, … Read more »

Smallbiz Dog

June 23 Take Your Dog to Your Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on June 21, 2017

Woof! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m ZuZu, Rhonda Abrams’ dog. I know you’re looking for Rhonda’s small business advice, but for “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” happening on June 23, I’m taking over her column. Of course, in Rhonda’s company, every day is “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” as dogs are welcome … Read more »

Smallbiz Customer

Small Business Customers: Good, Bad, Ugly

By Rhonda Abrams on June 14, 2017

Any customer is a good customer for your small business, right? After all, if someone wants to buy from you, what more can you want? Actually, lots. It turns out some customers are not worth having. And you have to learn how to get rid of them. Anyone whose been in business very long can … 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 Info@PlanningShop.com

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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 Info@PlanningShop.com

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