Linda Pinson

Updated at: Nov. 27, 2007, 8:54 p.m.

Linda Pinson is a nationally-recognized business planning expert and educator.

She is the author of seven business books and the developer/publisher of the popular business plan software program, Automate Your Business Plan for Windows®. Her book, Anatomy of a Business Plan (winner of the "Ben Franklin Award for Best Business Book of the Year") has been utilized by over 1 million business owners. Linda's 16-year-old entrepreneurial publishing company, Out of Your Mind… and Into the Marketplace was named Small Press Publisher of the Year. Linda was also selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington D.C. to write its government business plan publication (How to Write a Business Plan — MP52). By SBA request, her software, Automate Your Business Plan, is now installed and being used nationally in all of its Business Information Centers, One-Stop Capital Shops, and Women's Business Centers. Anatomy of a Business Plan and Automate Your Business Plan are also used extensively in universities, colleges, and technical schools.

Linda was the 1994 Home Front columnist for Small Business Start-Ups Magazine and has written numerous business features for magazines newspapers and for the Internet (including Time Magazine). She has repeatedly been the featured guest expert on television, radio shows, newspapers and magazines including CNBC, PCTV, LA Times, The Orange Co. Register, Inc. Magazine, Salt Lake Tribune, Philadelphia Enquirer, Home Office Computing, Investor's Business Daily, and others. Linda has been the invited speaker at many national conferences and association trade and industry shows (National SBDC Conference, LA Times Small Business Conference, Outdoor Retailers Marketplace, Hispanic Finance Forum, etc. in 1999) Her books are in libraries and bookstores throughout the U.S. and have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and other languages for foreign use. The books and software are currently used as course material in universities, colleges, SBDCs, BICs, technical colleges and economic development agencies and have been used in retraining programs for corporations including General Motors and AT&T. Linda is a nationally-recognized speaker, educator, and business consultant specializing in business financial management and small business curriculum development. She also teaches business planning to independent publishers and is a member of the annual Publishing University faculty.

Additional Bio Information: Linda's dedication to the development of educational materials for the small business community led her award as 1998 NAWBO Education Advocate of Year. She was also named SBA Regional Women in Business Advocate of the Year in 1991. She served for two years as the California State President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Linda teaches advanced business planning at the University of California at Fullerton and is on the CSUF Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and Rancho Santiago College Technology Advisory Committee. For three years, she chaired the "Its Your Business Small Business" Conference in Orange County CA. Linda was appointed by Governor Wilson to a seat on his California Council to Promote Women Business Owners. She is a member of the U.S. SBA Santa Ana District Small Business Advisory Council and the recipient of a special SBA award for support of small business. Linda was also an elected delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business.

Related Books

Anatomy of a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Smart, Building the Business and Securing Your Company's Future 3rd Ed.