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The ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course
(leading to ExpertRating Creating a Successful Business Plan Skills Certification).

Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan not only increases your chances of obtaining financing, but also in keeping your business strategically focused.

With the support of your instructor and a network of like-minded students, you'll work through all of the major components of a business plan and emerge with your first draft in hand. And most importantly, you will have completed the first--and most difficult--step on the path to small business success.

Buy the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course- $129.99

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Carol Parenzan Smalley.

Carol Parenzan Smalley

About the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course instructor : Carol Parenzan Smalley is an entrepreneur and educator with a degree in engineering and over 20 years of business experience. She acts as a consultant to both small businesses and to business writers, has more then thirteen years of experience teaching college-level entrepreneurial courses, and is the former editor of the world's largest customer relationship management online community.

  Creating a Successful Business Plan requirements: For taking this instructor led ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course you need Microsoft Word or other word processing program, Internet access, e-mail, and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser.


 Testimonials: The ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course has received overwhelming positive feedback and reviews from students around the world. Here are a few:

"An excellent source of information for anyone interested in business. Carol has taken time to make her course very useful."

"As a self-employed person who lives from deadline to deadline, finding time to cover the material has been a real challenge! This course is thorough. And it's worth its weight in gold (that's pretty heavy considering the 3-ring binder I've been toting around full of our lessons, assignments, and printouts from supplemental links!)"

"A very well structured, focused course. No fluff. I got exactly what I needed. Thanks!"

"Awesome course! Thanks for providing this information in a format that was conducive to my life demands!"

"Carol added stories from her own businesses and life experiences to make the course more practical and enjoyable. Thank you Carol for helping my partner and I work on our plan and starting our journey into entrepreneurship. I feel certain we will be more successful for having taken this course with you."

"Carol did a wonderful job in putting this course together. The supplemental readings were especially appreciated and really enriched the lessons. I have begun my first draft of our business plan, and we hope to launch our new venture by the beginning of next year...thanks in great measure to Carol."

"Carol, I have enjoyed these past weeks planning my journey. You do have a gift for teaching, I have gained so much information, more then I have ever found in any book. Have you ever thought about writing a book? I know I would be first in line."

"Carol, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you teaching this course. It would have taken me years, YEARS! to compile this information and I would never have had the benefit of your experience or the invaluable lessons I learned as I listened in on the feedback given to my classmates."

"Carol is an amazing instructor. Her wealth of knowledge and ability to communicate clearly far surpassed my expectations. I never ever expected to feel so "comfortable" interacting with someone online in a classroom setting - consequently, I did not hesitate to share any and all concerns and ideas. Carol was so very encouraging throughout, a real blessing to students, and a definite asset to the institution! I'm most appreciative of all her efforts, and hope to interact with her again one day!"

"Carol is an energetic and inspiring instructor. Her course has propelled me greatly along--not only in regards to writing a business plan, but also in regards to thinking like an entrepreneur and understanding business. I feel that my horizons are broadened thanks to this course."

"Carol is an excellent instructor and has excellent knowledge base. She responded very quickly to the discussion area and to my satisfaction. I would recommend this course and her as an instructor without any reservation. As a matter of fact we would like her to be on our Board of Experts."

"Carol is awesome! I'm ready to take on the small business world. This course is great!"

"Carol Smalley offered a class that I was excited to return to each day!"


Buy the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course- $129.99

ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course

(leading to ExpertRating Business Planning Skills Certification)

 ExpertRating is one of the world's only ISO 9001:2015 Certified companies (from TUV America) offering an Online Business Planning Course (leading to ExpertRating Business Planning Skills Certification).


Over 5 million people from 120 countries have benefited from ExpertRating Online Tests and Certifications. ExpertRating offers its testing services to the world's best companies such as Convergys Corp, UPS, GAP, Sony, Coke, Citrix, Deltek Corp, IKEA Systems and Ericsson to name a few. See where ExpertRating Certified Professionals are working.

 It is very safe to buy from ExpertRating. Apart from being an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, it is also HackerSafe approved.


ExpertRating upholds the highest privacy standards and complies with strict program requirements, ensuring that your information is always safe. ExpertRating has certified Several thousand individuals who are working with leading companies across the US and other countries. View list.


When you choose the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course you can be sure that you are buying a premium International certification that is recognized by hundreds of employers and Government bodies in the US and other countries.


 With ExpertRating you get certified quickly online and you are equipped with a store house of information through the in-depth ExpertRating Online Business Planning Courseware which has been developed by experienced Business Managers.

 The ExpertRating Business Planning Skills Certification is by far the best value for money instructor led Business Planning Skills Program at $129.99.


Some Popular questions and answers about this ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course & certification:

 How much does the Business Planning Skills Certification cost and what does it include?

You can buy this ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course leading to Business Planning Skills certification at a special offer price of only $129.99 which includes the in-depth ExpertRating Online Business Planning Courseware and exam fee. This is the best value for money Business Planning Program available till date. You get the following services within the USD $129.99 fee.

     In-depth  ExpertRating Online Business Planning Courseware including scenarios and case studies.

     An instructor to guide you through the course and to whom you can direct your questions.

     World wide airmail delivery of the hard copy Business Planning Skills Certificate. The Business Planning Skills Certificate can be used to prove your certified status and does not mention the words "online".

     An online transcript that can be used to prove your certified credentials on the internet at any time.

How do I get certified?

The process of getting yourself certified is very simple. All you have to do is buy the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course for $129.99. Log in to the instructor led course using your password. Go through the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Courseware (which would take you 6 weeks) and complete the final Business Planning Skills Certification exam at your convenience. You can complete the exam within 2 months of buying the Business Planning Skills Certification. The result of the exam appears as soon as it is completed, and your Business Planning Skills Certificate is mailed immediately.

What learning aids will I get?

The ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course includes the following learning aids:

24 x 7 hour access to the courseware. A printer friendly version of the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course is also provided

A friendly instructor to answer your questions online

A discussion area to have your questions answered

Chapter end quizzes to ensure that you are learning important aspects of every chapter

Chapter assignments to help you practically use the Business Planning Skills that you will learn during the Business Planning Course.

What is the final exam like?

The final exam is fully based upon the   ExpertRating Online Business Planning Courseware that is provided along with the Business Planning Skills Certification. If you have gone through the courseware properly you should not have a problem clearing the exam. The exam consists of multiple choice questions from all chapters of the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Courseware.

What are the course start dates?

ExpertRating instructor led courses commence every month, you can always choose a suitable date for your course commencement in any month. To see available course start dates, please click on the "Enroll now" button. All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.


Buy the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course- $129.99


A business plan acts as a tool, which enables the business owner to streamline the various processes involved in the process (from manufacturing to marketing).

A business plan spells out the techniques required to take the business towards making sales and profits and achieving the desired goal/s of the business in the prescribed time limit and approved budget. The business plan shows the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of a project. A business plan is a model for potential goals to be accomplished and it allows potential flaws to be identified so that they can be rectified in time. The plan demarcates every employee’s role.



At the same time a business plan also emphasizes how the different parts are linked to each other, and when the goals are accomplished and when to draw the line. The ExpertRating Creating a Business Plan Certification course will include information about the methodology of the business, a statement of the business goals, a cost/ benefit analysis and a feasibility analysis.

ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course Coverage (6 weeks program)  

Week One

Wednesday - Lesson 01

In this first lesson, as you take that first step along your entrepreneurial path, you'll meet your instructor and learn about her childhood, growing up in Chocolate Town USA. You'll meet several leading entrepreneurs and determine if you have similar passions and skill sets. And, you'll discover that business plans are not just for funding your dream, but for guiding it along the path to success (as you choose to define it).

Friday - Lesson 02

In this lesson, you'll start to mold your business. You'll develop a vision and a mission for your enterprise. You'll define and refine your product or service, and you'll uncover your niche. This is the fun part of the journey—your only limitation is your imagination!

Week Two

Wednesday - Lesson 03

This lesson will focus on the customer. Nowadays successful companies focus not on the products and services that they offer, but on the customers that they serve—on many levels. Together, you'll learn how to position your company to be customer-centric. And, you'll learn how to move that customer from satisfied to loyal (and perhaps even an advocate for your business).

Friday - Lesson 04

In this lesson, you'll structure your organization so it's in the best position to provide your product or service to your targeted customers. This lesson will help you create a board of experts to guide you along your journey. You'll discover the role that change plays in your entrepreneurial evolution. Change is good—it shows that you're thinking!

Week Three

Wednesday - Lesson 05-

In this lesson you’ll explore the plan within the plan—the marketing section of your business plan. You'll lay the foundation for your marketing efforts and will define sales and marketing (there is a difference!). You'll also explore the features and benefits of your product or service, and will begin the ongoing task of market research. This is where you can differentiate your product or service from that of your competition.

Friday - Lesson 06

This lesson will explore three separate areas of marketing. First, you'll learn about your competitors so that you can better position yourself and discover just how solid your business ideas are. This lesson will discuss one of the most difficult issues of new business—pricing. Finally, you become the SWOT team—analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Week Four

Wednesday - Lesson 07

In this lesson, you'll join a panel of outstanding marketing, public relations, and graphics experts who are also entrepreneurs and believe in the power of networking. This lesson will explore graphic design, logos, image, public relations, and guerrilla marketing. And you'll also discover marketing in action in this lesson.

Friday - Lesson 08

This lesson will start by hearing Alice in Wonderland explain to the Mad Hatter that, in a topsy-turvy world, it seems like (you) have to do something wrong first, in order to learn from what not to do. And then, by not doing what (you're) not supposed to do, perhaps (you'll) be right. But (you'd) rather be right the first time, wouldn't you? Confused? You'll tackle manufacturing and operations concerns in this not-so-topsy-turvy lesson.

Week Five

Wednesday - Lesson 09

In this lesson, you'll learn that both successes and failures can be tremendous teachers—but you'll have to apply those lessons learned to other life or business ventures. For this lesson, it'll take a bird's eye view of the financial section of a business plan. This lesson will also briefly explore the capital equipment list, the balance sheet, and break-even analysis.

Friday - Lesson 10

This lesson will discuss three additional financial components of the plan. It'll explore the projected income statement (always a fun area!), cash flow, and historical financial records. Be sure to take some time to explore the Supplemental Links area (in this lesson and in all the others) for outstanding online resources.

Week Six

Wednesday - Lesson 11

This lesson will continue its focus on money, but from a different perspective than in the previous two lessons. It'll focus on funding and financing opportunities, and by the end of this lesson, you should have a better understanding of financing. You'll also find out where to locate traditional (and not so traditional) sources of funding.

Friday - Lesson 12

In the final lesson, you'll end one journey while beginning another. First, you'll write an outstanding executive summary. This lesson will discuss a few important document formatting tips, and you'll learn what supporting documents you should add to your final business plan. You now hold all the keys to the doors along your entrepreneurial path. Journey well!

Buy the ExpertRating Online Business Planning Course - $129.99

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