As long-time supporters of small business owners and entrepreneurs, Palo Alto Software is proud to announce its first nationwide business plan competition! The LivePlan $10,000 Boost officially opens at noon (PDT) today, July 17, 2012. The writer of the winning LivePlan business plan will take home the $10,000 grand prize, with thousands of dollars of in-kind prizes going to four runners-up.
Plans will be judged by a distinguished panel of experts, including Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist for Apple, co-founder of Alltop.com and author of New York Times best seller, Enchantment; Diane Fraiman, principal at Voyager Capital and former Silicon Valley technology executive; Tim Berry, founder and president of Palo Alto Software; John Jantsch, best-selling author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine; and Kristen Koh-Goldstein, president and co-founder of Newco Solutions, and she has experience managing software investments for an internal fund at Goldman Sachs.
Palo Alto Software CEO, Sabrina Parsons, says “Our team is immersed in the culture of entrepreneurship and our products help empower thousands of entrepreneurs to launch their very own businesses every year, so hosting this competition is a natural. We realize the significance of a $10,000 boost for a small business owner.”
Parsons added, “We’re also excited to introduce this competition since participants will be utilizing LivePlan, our new, cloud-based business planning and financial tracking tool. LivePlan helps entrepreneurs create their business plan, and allows them to measure, adjust, and adapt in real time. Tracking your business ups and downs and having the ability to be nimble is essential in today’s ever-changing marketplace. LivePlan helps small business owners do this easily and efficiently.”