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Melanie Rae

Founder + Author

We share information to move entrepreneurs' dreams forward

I have spent more than ten years packaging training content into books, classroom presentations, and train-the-trainers. I see where business owners are and where they want to go.

GUIDED Business Plan™ | Books + Packaged Training Content
GBP partners with entrepreneur educators

Entrepreneur Educators

Signature ONLINE AND ONSITE training materials that produce results that impress clients, funders and other stakeholders.

SBDCs | WBCs | VBOCs | MBDAs | PTACs | Business Professors

Supplier Diversity + Inclusion Professionals

Turn your vendor database into a pipeline of diverse companies that are project-ready with our award-winning packaged training content.

Business Outreach | Supplier Inclusion | Certifying Councils | DBE Support Services

GUIDED Business Plan™ | Books + Packaged Training Content
GBP partners with Supplier Inclusion teams


Custom Books | Classroom Materials | Digital Toolkits

Presentations for Virtual and Onsite Training

License GUIDED Business Plan™ Facilitator Training Packages which are editable presentation slide decks with a proven format that saves thousands on in-house development costs.

GUIDED Business Plan™ Printed Books

Our book formats may be customized for length – from 52 pages (our most popular) to 250 pages. Reduce repetitive introductory sessions with our printed instructions.

Packaged Training Content for Diverse Suppliers

The right training will equip diverse vendors with a proposal toolkit to compete for higher-value contracts. Offer our sought-after vendor development format – directly or through one of your certifying partners.

GUIDED Business Plan for entrepreneur educators


GUIDED Business Plan™ editions

First Time CEO
Military CEO
College Entrepreneur


GUIDED Business Plan™ editions

Build to Scale
Top Shelf Retail
Contracting Confidence
Proposing to Corporate Buyers


GUIDED Business Plan™ editions

Protect the Customer
Spanish versions

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McDonald’s sponsors the YWCA Women Empowered 360

YWCA USA launched a nationwide entrepreneur education program to train more than 350 women with a 6-week course.

Walgreens and TrueValue inspire inventors and others to sell to mass retailers in IL

The WBDC hosted its inaugural Top Shelf Retail: High Volume Retail Growth Insights in 2019 to help companies understand buyers’ motivation when it comes to pitching mass retailers.

Travelers Insurance celebrated veteran-owned businesses with business plan workshops

In 2017 and 2018 Valley Economic Development Center hosted a day-long catered event that included a military Color Guard, recognition ceremony, Access to Capital panel, and a 3-hour GUIDED Business Plan™ class.

Read Our Reviews

Our GUIDED Business Plan™ training platform has grown so has our long list of endorsements.

We regularly connect with our clients at their location and conferences. This is Marsel and Melanie at the AWBC in El Paso in 2015.

Thanks for exploring how our GUIDED approach can help you achieve to your goals faster. 

Melanie and Marsel (VEDC) at a AWBC conference in El Paso

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