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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Hey Small Businesses: Do You Know Where Your Customers Are?

By Rhonda Abrams on May 22, 2019

You’ve got 20,000 followers for your small business on Facebook. You sell hundreds of products a month on Amazon. Your restaurant increased its sales by linking up with an online food delivery service. This all seems good, right? Not so fast. Who owns your customers? That’s a critical question for you to answer if you … Read more »

Smallbiz expenses

Spring Clean Your Small Business Costs

By Rhonda Abrams on May 10, 2019

It’s spring! Time for the annual ritual of “spring cleaning.” But don’t just clean out your kitchen cupboards. It’s time to clean up—and pare down—your small business expenses. Give me half a day, and I’ll put more money in your bank account. When you’re running a business, you have fixed expenses that you routinely pay … Read more »

Seasonal cash flow

Handling the Summer Cash Flow Crunch

By Rhonda Abrams on May 9, 2019

It’s Small Business Week—the beginning of May—and you know what that means: summer is around the corner. For many businesses, especially women-owned businesses, summer is either their busiest or slowest season. Businesses located in tourist locations, in hospitality industries, or in the wedding business, may see the bulk of their income in the next few … Read more »

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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