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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Surviving Donald J. Trump

4 Steps to Take to Trump-Proof Your Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on January 18, 2017

On January 20, Donald J. Trump takes up residence in the White House. What does this new Administration potentially mean for small business? There’s an old saying: politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Now, the last campaign didn’t offer poetry from any side, but the grand promises and slogans of a campaign now … Read more »

Survey Says! It’s a Great Time to Own a Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on January 12, 2017

While small business owners and entrepreneurs tend to be optimistic by nature, in 2017, encouraged by recent growth in the economy, they’re particularly upbeat. That’s according to the recent Staples National Small Business Survey, conducted in December 2016. Just some of the findings of the survey: 85 percent of small business owners feel optimistic about … Read more »

2017 Success

7 Steps to Small Biz Success in 2017

By Rhonda Abrams on January 11, 2017

It’s closing in on mid-January, and what happened to all those new year’s resolutions you set with such enthusiasm 10 days ago? Resolutions often quickly get forgotten. How can you turn your good intentions for your small business into real action? Turn those resolutions into “small business success goals” for 2017. How do goals differ … 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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