Tools for you and your economic development team:
 

A thorough online client-intake tool  that speeds the process of validating a business's capabilities and criteria for consideration.  Once completed by the client, the detailed report will be in your inbox in minutes for you to review and/or pass on to your board. More >>

A snapshot of businesses your organization can review and invite to apply for investment based on their stated needs and OpsInsight report.  More >>

For communities that  don't have easy access to consulting resources  our network can support you and help keep your pipeline full.  More >>

To even further support your clients and your community, combine them with these tools that support business growth, stability, and job creation

A step-by-step Business Model BuilderTM that helps entrepreneurs identify the key components in their business and how those components  work together to produce value, efficiency & profits.  Clients can save and resume as needed from any computer or tablet.   More >> 

A consolidated Business Plan  BuilderTM that produces a detailed data oriented report focusing on the information funding entities want without having to write a lengthy narrative or worry about formatting.  Includes access to the tools needed for financial calculations   More >>

 

BPS IntakeTM

For our economic development partners that want a data gathering and scoring system that captures the  information needed to prioritize applicants for scheduling and help decide which companies are most ready for funding we have developed the BPS Intake service and custom intake tools.  Comprised of more than 60 questions covering multiple aspects and characteristics of the business, business owners, growth plans and financial information, BPS Intake works for businesses at any stage and is greatly preferred by businesses over a paper application. 

 

EDCs that use BPS Intake can save one to two meetings per applicant where staff or the board would otherwise gather and analyse similar information.  By using our system to gather and report this data directly to your inbox you can stay focused on deals already in the pipeline and review new applicants as time allows and meet with the ones that show the most promise when you want to.  Based on client responses we calculate a numeric score that reflects the client's likelihood to succeed as a business and to be a benefit to the community using metrics commonly tracked & valued by economic development organizations.  The online intake process is self-paced and applicants can start & stop as their schedule allows 

BizProfileTM

If attending networking events, going to conferences and placing expensive ads aren't filling your pipeline with good deals try something new.  Our network of startups and small businesses have business profiles and business plans waiting for your review; when you find one you like invite them to apply for the program you think best fits their capabilities and best suits your community.  If you have had difficulty attracting regional companies to your city or county it may be time to cast a wider net; this service can save you tons of time and increase your efficiency by letting you browse nationwide listings without leaving the office.

You can search profiles by a variety of criteria until you find a company you feel would be a good fit, then at your request we will send you their BPS Insight business plan so you can dig deeper before inviting them to apply.  This service is available with either subscription or pay per use pricing.

 

Small business & startup consulting

Economic development organizations that want to help new businesses in their community develop a solid understanding of business fundamentals often use consultants to help make sure the community is investing in projects with the best chance of success.  Likewise, when existing businesses want to expand or make improvements bringing in a consultant is a smart move, IF you have access to consultants that are a good fit for your project, your budget, and your client's schedule.  We know that this can be a real challenge in rural communities and we are glad to help.  BPS Tools is pleased to be able to offer video & telephone consulting services via the experienced consultants at 8 Fifteen Consulting and their network of consulting partners.  

 

Where other consulting services struggle BPS Tools shines.  Because of our tool-set, the consultants we work with can be much more efficient at identifying the clients needs and getting them started making progress towards their specific goals.  Our structured process and 24/7 access lets clients work on their business when their schedule allows and the consultant can check up on their work whenever needed to make sure they are on track and working towards being able to perform at the level you say is needed to qualify for investment

 
 

BPS ModelTM 

The Business Model BuilderTM is an easy to use business model planning tool that helps entrepreneurs get clarity on the 'moving parts' of their business so they know where to focus their attention and make progress quickly.  After watching small business owners and startup founders struggle with popular business modeling tools and not make real progress in their understanding, we decided to build our own based on what we knew small business owners actually wanted and needed.  

 

We use a question and answer format to guide users through the different areas of their business asking the same kind of questions a consultant asks when helping clients build their custom business model.  Clients can move at their own pace and can stop and save whenever they want.  If they get stuck or want help it is available via a collaboration module free of charge.  Unlike some popular business modeling tools, users don't need to take a class to understand how to use the tool, and they don't need an 'expert' to show them what the results mean either.  After teaching people how to use the other tools we designed the Business Model BuilderTM to be ready to use and learn from on its own.  

The result is an accurate, shareable business model that is easy to revisit and customize again and again without having to start over each time.  If you currently use the Business Model Canvas in your business development curriculum you will find that BPS Model is an easy add-on to your current offering and you will easily be able to compare the results of the two tools.  We are confident that your business owners will prefer our system and that your staff or consultants will too after working with a few clients in the system.

BPS InsightTM 

BPS Insight is a consolidated business plan builder that dramatically improves the way business plans are created.  Many entrepreneurs know their business inside & out, but are not good writers or have language barriers so they have a hard time explaining how & why their business works in written form.  These bankable  businesses are getting overlooked because the traditional format of business plans is either foreign or intimidating to the owners.  On the other hand, people that are persuasive and are good writers but may not have a comprehensive understanding of how they will run the business might get funded because they know how to present the information that funding organizations want to see in an attractive format.  

 

BPS Insight levels the playing field by standardizing the format, reducing the narrative length (where most of the persuasive writing takes place), and providing the specific data elements needed to make decisions with. 

 

We do this by drawing directly from the answers provided by the client then compiling the data and applying calculations to create a plan/report that delivers the relevant facts, figures, explanations, and ratios in a  condensed format that is easy to read and analyse.   Once you start using these plans you wont want to use a traditional plan again.

 
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