Planning, Startups, Stories


Tim Berry on business planning, starting and growing your business, and having a life in the meantime.

Academy of Management Session Friday Aug. 3 in Philadelphia

If you are planning to attend this week’s Academy of Management Annual Conference in Philadelphia, please join me at my session on how to use software to teach planning. My session is from 2-5 p.m. Friday Aug. 3 in Room 410 of the Philadelphia Marriott.

The session takes off from the point of view of developing a business plan as a tool for giving students a broader view of the whole process of small business management, from start-up to growth, marketing to sales to production to management team, sales forecast through income, balance sheet, cash flow, and long-term financial management. We’ll look at software as a tool, some sample exercises, working with popular websites, tips and traps, and a lot of discussion. I will share the details of the course I teach which takes students through the business plan to a presentation at the end, including assignments that build the business plan, discussions of presentation techniques, and Web implementation.

A word of caution, however: the Academy of Management annual meeting is not open to all, and isn’t free.  For more information on registration and costs, click here.

I hope to see you there.

— Tim