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New Podcast Aims to Shed Light on Business Planning Challenges

Center for Business Modeling’s Expert Series Features Multimedia Presentations, Interviews with Startups, Marketing, Sales, and Operations Leaders

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (January 26, 2015) – The Center for Business Modeling (CBM) today announced the launch of its new podcast, the CBM Expert Series. The Expert Series will feature guests with deep experience in several aspects of business planning—from ground-up startups to yearly and quarterly planning challenges for established businesses. The 15-minute podcast (which includes synced visual slides and audio) features a brief presentation from the guest that focuses on how to solve a business planning problem followed by a brief Q&A with the host.

The inaugural episode features a presentation and talk with Christopher Ryan, CEO of Colorado Springs-based Fusion Marketing Partners, a B2B marketing agency providing strategy and execution that accelerates sales for enterprises across the globe. Ryan shares his wisdom on how positioning and branding impacts company value.

Future episodes of the Expert Series will include:

  • Denver-based angel investor Todd McWhirter, who will explain why a detailed and realistic exit strategy is critical to raising money. He will discuss several types of exit plans and provide tips for each.
  • Impact B2B Sales Managing Director James Franklin will discuss how “the buyer’s funnel” can improve the way sales teams engage and convert prospects.

“CBM’s mission is to streamline and simplify how business leaders plan for success in every facet of their enterprise,” said Expert Series host Nate Warren. “To that end, we offer a concise presentation that focuses on a highly practical topic from a guest whose shared experience can help our audience shorten the path between writing the plan and realizing success.”

About The Center for Business Modeling

The Center for Business Modeling was founded by a team of seasoned business professionals whose experience encompasses all aspects of business creation, operations and finance. Our team has experience ranging from small entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar international corporations. CBM principals have been responsible for launching ventures, fundraising, marketing, sales and running large successful organizations. Over the years, CBM professionals have seen businesses repeat the same mistakes including failure to capitalize on their core competencies and failure to plan correctly. Our team is now dedicated to helping companies reach their maximum potential through effective business modeling. Find out more at www.centerforbusinessmodeling.com.

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For more information please contact:
Nate Warren
720.244.4734
info@centerforbusinessmodeling.com

1-Million-Cups

Christopher Ryan to Present at Colorado Springs Million Cups Event

B2B Marketing Veteran to Discuss Business Planning Startup, Get Feedback

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (December 2, 2014) – The Center for Business Modeling (CBM) announced today that executive chairman Christopher Ryan will present the company’s models and goals to the Colorado Springs 1 Million Cups (1MC) gathering at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Ivywild School’s Wildcat Room (1604 S. Cascade Ave.). 1MC offers entrepreneurs the chance to receive feedback from peers and mentors by delivering a six-minute educational presentation on their business and answering 20 minutes of questions.

Ryan will share the overview and concept for CBM, a 2014 startup that aims to streamline the way business leaders plan for sales, operations, marketing, finance and more. The company launched earlier this year and has begun offering both free and paid resources to help business planners draw accurate road maps for key facets of their business without being mired in overly expensive and complicated tools.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to talk about our model and get ideas to improve based on feedback from attendees,” said Ryan. “1 Million Cups benefits the Colorado Springs’ entrepreneurial community by making this forum available.”

Tom Ruhe of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative will also address this week’s 1MC group in Colorado Springs. Click here for registration information.

About The Center for Business Modeling

The Center for Business Modeling was founded by a team of seasoned business professionals whose experience encompasses all aspects of business creation, operations and finance. Our team has experience ranging from small entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar international corporations. CBM principals have been responsible for launching ventures, fundraising, marketing, sales and running large successful organizations. Over the years, CBM professionals have seen businesses repeat the same mistakes including failure to capitalize on their core competencies and failure to plan correctly. Our team is now dedicated to helping companies reach their maximum potential through effective business modeling. Find out more at www.centerforbusinessmodeling.com.

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For more information please contact:
Nate Warren
720.244.4734
nwarren@fusionmarketingpartners.com

Center for Business Modeling Launches Streamlined SWOT and Business Health Monitoring Tool

Company Aims to Provide Business Planners Intuitive, Powerful Tools That Provide Rapid Insight Without Unnecessary Complexity and Expense

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (November 10, 2014) – The Center for Business Modeling (CBM) today announced the release of SWOT & Business Health Monitoring Pro, a competitive planning tool designed to quickly help business leaders gain actionable insight into strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The tool is the first of its kind to include a business health monitoring feature that helps planners better evaluate their position and maximize the accuracy of their SWOT exercise. Using SWOT & Business Health Monitoring Pro, business planners can quickly clarify their competitive position, pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, and draw up a plan for action.

“Too many business planning tools are cumbersome, expensive or just plain overkill,” said Michael James Smyth, CBM’s Chief Operating Officer. “What business planners want is an intuitive path from problem to insight to action, not to spend their weekends wrestling with spreadsheets. SWOT & Business Health Monitoring Pro gives them the right balance of power and complexity without eating up time and budget.”

SWOT & Business Health Pro comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

About The Center for Business Modeling

The Center for Business Modeling was founded by a team of seasoned business professionals whose experience encompasses all aspects of business creation, operations and finance. Our team has experience ranging from small entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar international corporations. CBM principals have been responsible for launching ventures, fundraising, marketing, sales and running large successful organizations. Over the years, CBM professionals have seen businesses repeat the same mistakes including failure to capitalize on their core competencies and failure to plan correctly. Our team is now dedicated to helping companies reach their maximum potential through effective business modeling. Find out more at www.centerforbusinessmodeling.com.

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For more information please contact:
Nate Warren
720.244.4734
nwarren@fusionmarketingpartners.com

Center for Business Modeling Announces Call for Submissions

Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders Invited to Share
Their Business Planning Insights on CBM Blog

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (October 30, 2014) – The Center for Business Modeling (CBM) today announced a call for submissions to the company’s blog. Entrepreneurs and business leaders are invited to share their perspective on planning for success in operations, financial, sales and marketing planning.

CBM is a newly launched startup aimed at simplifying and streamlining the way businesses plan for success in all facets of their operations, offering both paid and free business planning resources to its members. Alongside these offerings, CBM aims to build a community of business planning experts who can share best practices and help its members and visitors more accurately anticipate challenges, set goals and avoid costly pitfalls.

“Both contributors and our members will benefit from this shared knowledge,” said Michael James Smyth, CBM’s Chief Operating Officer. “We offer a forum for business planners to establish clear thought leadership and take a high-profile position on the ground floor of this new and important community.”

For more information on how to contribute, please see CBM’s submission guidelines.

About The Center for Business Modeling

The Center for Business Modeling was founded by a team of seasoned business professionals whose experience encompasses all aspects of business creation, operations and finance. Our team has experience ranging from small entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar international corporations. CBM principals have been responsible for launching ventures, fundraising, marketing, sales and running large successful organizations. Over the years, CBM professionals have seen businesses repeat the same mistakes including failure to capitalize on their core competencies and failure to plan correctly. Our team is now dedicated to helping companies reach their maximum potential through effective business modeling. Find out more at www.centerforbusinessmodeling.com.

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For more information please contact:
Nate Warren
720.244.4734
nwarren@fusionmarketingpartners.com

Center for Business Modeling Launches Free SWOT Analysis Template

CBM Offers First of Many Free Resources Designed to Help Business Planners Clarify Strategy and Drive Better Decision Making

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (August 14, 2014) – The Center for Business Modeling (CBM) announced today the launch of a free resource for business planners who are trying to optimize their strategy through competitive analysis – a free, downloadable SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) template. A SWOT analysis is a subjective assessment of internal (strengths and weaknesses) and external (opportunities and threats) factors that helps drive strategic clarity and better decision-making.

Using CBM’s free resource, business strategy leaders can:

  • Gain a better understanding of their competition
  • Ask tough questions internally that reveal strategic blind spots
  • Set the stage for positive change and impact

“The CBM SWOT template is a no-nonsense way for leaders to have honest conversations with each other about how well they can compete—and organize the findings to improve,” said Michael James Smyth, CBM’s Chief Operating Officer. “This is one of many free resources CBM will offer to help executives and entrepreneurs plot a clear path to success with intuitive planning tools.”

Several more free offerings will be available to those who register on the CBM home page. Future offerings from CBM will include cloud-based planning tools and a business modeling community, where users can share best practices and help themselves mitigate planning risk, measure against industry baselines and build defensible, realistic plans that are easy to develop and present.

About The Center for Business Modeling

The Center for Business Modeling was founded by a team of seasoned business professionals whose experience encompasses all aspects of business creation, operations and finance. Our team has experience ranging from small entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar international corporations. CBM principals have been responsible for launching ventures, fundraising, marketing, sales and running large successful organizations. Over the years, CBM professionals have seen businesses repeat the same mistakes including failure to capitalize on their core competencies and failure to plan correctly. Our team is now dedicated to helping companies reach their maximum potential through effective business modeling. Find out more at www.centerforbusinessmodeling.com.

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For more information please contact:
Nate Warren
720.244.4734
nwarren@fusionmarketingpartners.com

Gazette Telegraph

Colorado Springs Business Takes to the Cloud to Help Other Businesses Thrive

Katherine Blunt – katherine.blunt@gazette.com – Published: July 17, 2014

Businesses in the Colorado Springs area and beyond now have a new set of tools to foster their growth and development.

Businesses in the Colorado Springs area and beyond now have a new set of tools to foster their growth and development.

The Center for Business Modeling, a Springs-based online resource for small- to mid-sized businesses, will soon offer cloud-based software applications for business planning. Formed about six months ago, the company debuted its site and a number of free planning guides Monday.

CBM will premiere its first application – a sales planning resource – next month, said Michael Smyth, CBM’s COO. He said the company plans to roll out 10 applications over the next two to three years to assist in every stage of business development.
“For the initial offering of the sales planning application, we see a total addressable market of 9.5 million people (nationwide),” he said. “As we expand our applications, that number should grow.”

The cost of the subscription-based software will start at $200 per year and increase with the number of available applications. Smyth said CBM will eventually offer subscription packages to suit different needs.

The applications will help business owners and executives develop plans to grow revenue and sales and assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

“We will include industry standards so (businesses) can compare themselves against others,” Smyth said.
CBM’s tools are designed to be simpler and more affordable than those of other online resources, making them more accessible to small businesses. Many business planning software products are too complex for small business owners, Smyth said, especially those that create models based on large amounts of data and spreadsheets. CBM’s software concept is similar to that of TurboTax: a program that guides users toward their end goal using simply formatted surveys.

“We err on the side of planning quickly and efficiently and stay away from complexity on the user side,” said Christopher Ryan, executive chairman for CBM and president of Springs-based Fusion Marketing Partners.
CBM is headed by a five-person team with experience in small business, software and marketing. It expects to hire more employees as it rolls out its products, Smyth said.

Aikta Marcoulier, director of the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, said there’s a market for the type of software that CBM is developing. SBDC often refers clients to online resources that complement its in-person consulting services.

“Small business owners are busy trying to manage everything in life, and running a business is a 24/7 job,” she said. “Having online tools that jumpstart development is important.”

Read more at Gazette.com/business

Center for Business Modeling Launches, Offering Business Leaders an Easier Way to Plan for Revenue, Sales and Finance

Simple, Optimized Plan-Writing Tools Now
Available — With More on the Way

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (July 14, 2014) – The Center for Business Modeling (CBM), a new venture aimed at helping executives and entrepreneurs save time and develop more accurate plans for critical functions such as revenue, sales and finance, announced its launch today.

Business leaders in sales, marketing, finance, operations and beyond are all accountable to their teams for crafting on-strategy plans that set accurate goals and provide insight into business performance and health. From line-of-business initiatives to startups, CMB provides cloud-based tools that standardize the approach to business planning.

The CBM website launches with a collection of free business planning resources:

  • How Many Sales Leads Do You Need? Seven Steps to the Magic Number
  • Use SWOT Analysis to Pinpoint Strengths and Weaknesses
  • How to Choose the Best Marketing and Sales Model

Several more free offerings will be available to those who register on the CBM home page. Future offerings from CBM will include cloud-based planning tools and a business modeling community, where users can share best practices and help themselves mitigate planning risk, measure against industry baselines and build defensible, realistic plans that are easy to develop and present.

“Good planning—and presenting that plan to others—is a critical component to success, but there’s just too much time and brain damage involved in generating plans today,” said Michael James Smyth, CBM’s Chief Operating Officer. “What we offer business planners is the ability to easily crystallize strategy, track progress and hit their targets, while also getting a few of their evenings and weekends back.”

About The Center for Business Modeling

The Center for Business Modeling was founded by a team of seasoned business professionals whose experience encompasses all aspects of business creation, operations and finance. Our team has experience ranging from small entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar international corporations. CBM principals have been responsible for launching ventures, fundraising, marketing, sales and running large successful organizations. Over the years, CBM professionals have seen businesses repeat the same mistakes including failure to capitalize on their core competencies and failure to plan correctly. Our team is now dedicated to helping companies reach their maximum potential through effective business modeling. Find out more at www.centerforbusinessmodeling.com.

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For more information please contact:
Nate Warren
720.244.4734
nwarren@fusionmarketingpartners.com