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Core Values Index

The Core Values Index assesses our basic human nature and gives us some tools to explore our strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur.

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Every business needs a financial model.
I have created a financial spreadsheet that is simplified for ease of use.  All you have to do is enter data in the fields that are YELLOW and the rest is calculated for you automatically.
I developed this model back in 1997 with the help of a CPA firm.  It isn't perfect, but it gives you meaningful data to consider when setting prices and target market goals.
If you are interested in receiving a copy download it here:  
For instructions how to use the spreadsheet email me at: