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Exploring Entrepreneurship Immigration: The E-2 Investor Visa

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A Comprehensive Guide to the E-2 Investor Visa Business Plan

Originating from bilateral treaties between the United States and specific countries, the E-2 visa provides a platform for foreign entrepreneurs to...

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How Long Will It Take To Write My Business Plan?

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How Long Does It Take to Write A Business Plan? Well, It Depends.

You've been thinking about this for a decade. You are going to open the perfect coffee shop. You've worked at three different cafés in the last nine...

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The High Wire Act of Business Planning by Masterplans

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Business Plan

Crafting a business plan is a delicate balancing act. It demands a deep understanding of your market, a clear value proposition, realistic financial...

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Targeting Success: Strategic vs. Tactical Approaches to business planning

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The Role of Strategic and Tactical Business Planning

Every entrepreneur dreams of turning their vision into a successful reality. But, as many people have discovered, including myself, turning a dream...

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Business Plan 101: All Your Questions Answered

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Writing a Solid Business Plan: Fundamentals and Principles

I’ve worked as a business plan writer since 2006, and it’s been a remarkably fun and fulfilling career for me. I get to see entrepreneurs of all...

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Can You Use ChatGPT to Write Your Business Plan?

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ChatGPT Is Coming for Our Jobs. Here’s Why We’re Not Scared.

When an esteemed colleague told me about ChatGPT about a month ago, I was well into the Christmas spirit and not interested in assessing the risk...

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Market Research Was Once Much More Difficult Than It Is Today

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Best Market Research Tools for Business Plans in 2023

Over the past 20 years that Masterplans has been in operation, we've witnessed a significant evolution in market research methodologies. In the...

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What businesses work for an E-2 Visa? Almost anything!

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The E-2 Visa: A (Relatively) Simple, Versatile Path to Immigration

There’s a lot to love about the E-2 visa. It’s available to citizens of more than 80 treaty countries. There’s no annual cap limiting how many...

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Masterplans named Top 5 Business Plan Writer & an interview with William Dean, VP of Immigration

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Masterplans Named 'Top 5 Business Plan Writer' (for the 5th Time!)

For the fifth time, EB-5 Investors Magazine named Masterplans a “Top 5 Business Plan Writer.”

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What Qualifies Someone for the EB2-NIW (There are No Right Answers but Many Wrong Ones)

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Strategies for Securing the Elusive EB-2 National Interest Waiver

Here's an embarrassing confession: the first time a client approached me about their NIW petition, I’d never even heard of EB-2. E-2 I knew by heart;...

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What is a business plan?

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What Is A Business Plan (& Do I Really Need One?)

The term "business plan" is a familiar one, often bandied about in entrepreneurial circles. Yet, despite its ubiquity, it's remarkable how much...

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How to Show At-Risk Investment in Your Immigration Visa Business Plan

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How to Demonstrate At-Risk Investment in Your Business Plan

What is “at-risk investment”? If you said, “It’s money I’m at risk of spending on fun things like a new Tesla,” well, keep reading (because that...

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How to to understand a business plan's cash flow statement

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What is the cash flow statement (and why it matters)

If your home-grown business plan financial model is super tripped out with tons of drivers and interlocking financial statements, you can pat...

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How Much Investment Is Required for an E-2 Visa Business Plan?

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How Much Do You Need to Invest to Get an E-2 Visa?

An immigration attorney emailed me yesterday morning to ask whether I’d ever seen a successful E-2 visa case where the investment was under $50,000....

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