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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Business Partnership

Are you Brad or Angelina in your Small Business?

By Rhonda Abrams on September 28, 2016

Oh dear, it’s the end of a beautiful partnership: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have filed for divorce. If “Brangelina” can break up, what hope is there for you if you have a partner in your small business? While the two stars may go through a nasty divorce, you definitely want to avoid a gruesome … Read more »

Perfect Business

Want a Perfect Small Business? Think Again.

By Rhonda Abrams on September 21, 2016

When Apple released the new operating system for its iPhone earlier this month, some things went wrong. For a few hours, thousands of the first people who downloaded iOS10 had their iPhones “bricked” – or rendered useless. Apple’s stock price dropped. Whoops. Seems like a big mistake, right? Sure, but Apple did something right, something … Read more »

Facebook SmallBiz Help

Facebook Help for Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on September 14, 2016

Has this ever happened to you in your small business? You want to get the word out about a sale or a new product, and you’ve heard Facebook is a good way to reach customers. You create what you think is a good post and then pay to “boost” it. Then, nothing. No sales. No … 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

Rhonda's clients include:

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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