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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Best Small Biz Advisors Share Best Small Biz Tips

By Rhonda Abrams on April 25, 2018

America loves small business, and next week, April 29 to May 5, America observes “Small Business Week”—dedicated to recognizing the best small business owners and entrepreneurs. I also want to recognize the best small business support in the country: the consultants of America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) network. So I’m hosting a Facebook Live … Read more »


Best Place to Start a Business? Check Amazon

By Rhonda Abrams on April 18, 2018

As a journalist covering small business, my email inbox is regularly filled with press releases from companies wanting publicity. Often, they’re announcing the result of some survey they sponsored. They’ll hire a polling company, gather some data, and put out a list: Best places to retire, Best places to raise children, Best this, Best that. … Read more »


Stop Talking and Start Doing

By Rhonda Abrams on April 11, 2018

So, you always wanted to own your own small business? You dream of being your own boss? But you’re stuck in a rut. You’re still in a dead-end job with a boss you hate. Or you’re sitting on your couch at 11 am wondering, ‘What am I doing with my life?’ Well, it’s time to … 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

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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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