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Recent trends, advice, and resources for business plans and early stage business development.

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How to Clearly Communicate Your Goals & Objectives in a Pitch Deck

Note: This is the second post in our "Art of the Pitch Deck" series, in which we examine the various slides of a typical pitch deck and discuss visual communication techniques that have proven effective for our clients.

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Take the first bite of an elephant

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Get it Down on Paper! The First Step to Starting a Business is, Well, Starting

We’ve all been there. You’re on your way to work or lying in bed trying to sleep when inspiration strikes: you have a million-dollar business idea!

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Masterplans named Top 5 Business Plan Writer & an interview with William Dean, VP of Immigration

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Masterplans Named 'Top 5 Business Plan Writer' (for the 5th Time!)

For the fifth time, EB-5 Investors Magazine named Masterplans a “Top 5 Business Plan Writer.”

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Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs (and Veteran-Owned Businesses)

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20+ Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Did you know that FedEx, GoDaddy, Nike, and Enterprise-Rent-A-Car were all founded by veterans? According to the Small Business Administration,...

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Do better things really come to those who wait?

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4 Things to Think About When Deciding if It’s a Good Time to Start a New Business

Whenever I’m out in the real world, I tend to shy away from talking about what I do. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. But it can be...

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Visualize Your Future Business! Create a Fake Ad!

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Unsure if Your Business Idea is Any Good? Try Making a Fake Ad

A great business idea sometimes strikes you. Then, it may consume your thoughts when you can’t sleep. Later, it can full-on haunt you.

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A look inside the topsy turvy world of financial modeling (it's not all smoke & mirrors)

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Bottom-up or Top-down: Which Financial Modeling Approach Is Better?

Any business plan or investor pitch would be incomplete without a financial model. It is used to convey a company's projected performance over time,...

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Investors won't commit if they can't see a clear opportunity

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A ‘Scientific’ Approach to Understanding Opportunity Analysis

I was on a Zoom with a client when he posed a tricky question: 

“What’s the most important part of the investor presentation?”

I had to pause and...

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What to do while you're NOT writing your business plan

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How Will You Spend the Time You Save by Hiring Masterplans?

A quick internet search might leave you with the sense that you can create a business plan in “less than an hour" and in "four easy steps!” Wow, you...

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What Qualifies Someone for the EB2-NIW (There are No Right Answers but Many Wrong Ones)

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Strategies for Securing the Elusive EB-2 National Interest Waiver

Here's an embarrassing confession: the first time a client approached me about their NIW petition, I’d never even heard of EB-2. E-2 I knew by heart;...

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