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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Clinton Small Businesses

Clinton’s Plan to Help Small Businesses

By Rhonda Abrams on August 24, 2016

What would you want your next President to do for your small business? On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton announced how she, as President, would help small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs in unveiling her plan dealing with a broad range of small business concerns. Clinton’s announcement shows she does her homework. Her small business proposals aren’t going … Read more »

Small Business Gold

Small Businesses Have Already Won the Gold

By Rhonda Abrams on August 17, 2016

Small business owners: if you’ve been watching the Olympics, you may be getting the wrong message. I’m here to tell you that you’re already a winner, even if you never get the business equivalent of an Olympic gold medal. For the past week, I’ve been mesmerized watching amazing athletes: Katie Ledecky making it look easy … Read more »


Is Crowdfunding Right For Your Startup?

By Rhonda Abrams on August 10, 2016

Want to raise money for your new small business or entrepreneurial venture? Until now, it’s seemed easier for a twenty-something techie in San Francisco to raise millions of dollars than an experienced businesswoman in Ohio to raise thousands. Thanks to new equity “crowdfunding” rules that went into effect in May, that situation may have changed. … 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

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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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