Rated #1 business plan service for raising investor capital
OUR STORY begins in 2005
begins in 2005

When the founder Shawn Hackman prepared a business plan that raised money and was awarded Top Business Plan at the University of Nevada. Suddenly friends, colleagues and referrals approached Shawn asking for his help. Thousand plus plans later, this is now our business and passion.

Our philosophy is to apply business fundamentals and critical thinking in our work that will anticipate any questions that a sophisticated investor would want to know about a business.

We love working with start-ups and look forward to applying our creative energy to help your business grow and thrive.

Shawn Hackman,

RATED #1 BUSINESS PLAN SERVICE for raising investor capital!




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WE ARE A TEAM OF CREATIVE EXPERTS with a successful track record

Shawn Hackman

Chief Executive Officer

Shawn Hackman is a first-generation Nevadan. 

Our founder has a degree in finance with an English literature secondary focus. He has working in a professional office preparing and processing paperwork for over 25 years. Along with the staff we stand ready to provide for all your writing and grant application needs.

Izzy Landau

Senior Consultant

Izzy is a management consultant for multiple sectors, mainly covering the U.S, U.K, E.U, Canada and Australia. He has advised top level CEO, CFO and Executives on changes to be made in their accounting, marketing, HR and management practices.

Walter Thompson

V.President Business Dev

Walter Thompson is a self-confessed planning obsessive, firmly believing in the adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

Walter started his career in business journalism, writing for publications like the Toronto Star, National Post and Business Edge, earning a reputation – even an award – for taking complex business issues and writing about them in easy-to-understand terms for readers. 

Victoria Krauze

Graphic Designer

Victoria is a graphic designer with over 7 years of experience working in-house independently as a freelancer. She has worked with businesses from different industries creating for them promotional and print material such as well rounded illustration, advertising campaigns and digital products; which has given her strong extensive designing knowledge and technical skills. Her specialties include Business Plans, Presentations, brochure design, infographics and any high-end design work. She truly loves what she does and takes pride in providing high quality work and making the clients happy.

Victoria is a designer with a passion for creating solutions that are both beautiful and meaningful. Successful design to her means solving problems and she believes the key to it is to understand the client’s need.

Salvatore Sanchez

Senior Consultant

Salvatore is a trusted consultant with excellent communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

He started his professional career in 2007, as a Valuation Analyst at State Street, providing investment valuation services to prominent mutual fund, pension fund and hedge fund companies worldwide. His strong work ethic and diligence quickly earned him promotion to Senior Market Data Analyst. In this position, he was responsible for investment analytic services to institutional investment managers and for training and mentoring junior staff.

In 2011, he became a Financial Advisor, helping numerous clients achieve their financial goals through sound advice on investment management strategies, and helping entrepreneurs secure business loans to start and grow their ventures.

As a passionate and experienced Management Consultant, he enjoys helping entrepreneurs succeed in a variety of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, construction, and technology. His Business Plans, based on sound and thorough analysis, have led clients to success in their startups and expansion, and enabled many to gain immigration visas to access to American markets and the American dream.

His extensive credentials include an MBA with a concentration in Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance, where he graduated with Honors, and passing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I exam.

Veronika Asuncion

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Veronika is a world traveler and sun-seeker. She describes herself as “Writer, talker, high-heels walker”.

She holds a certificate in Positive Psychology, in addition to a PhD in Communications. She worked as a journalist for over a decade before switching to business plan writing, assisting people to get closer to their (American) dream.

She has mastered the art of traveling light (light luggage and ultra-light laptop), gaining deep and wide knowledge of people, cultures, and places – a hoarder when it comes to experiences, she is all Zen when it comes to products. Her goal is to keep living the life where business and pleasure are one and the same.

If you can’t find her, she’s somewhere chasing summer around the world.

George Rosa

Senior Consultant

George started writing business plans in the Summer of 2006, following an academic career that he found too restrictive, and a spell managing a Walmart distribution center.

He spent 9 years as a college professor of sociology, first at Indiana University and, then, Cal State San Marcos. For much of this time, he undertook research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and published a paper explaining that autism could be graded from barely noticeable to severe – 20 years before the term ‘autism spectrum’ confirmed the idea! His work is now regularly cited in the field of ‘sociology of autism’ because it was his work that established the concept.

For one who felt constrained by the academic world, going into WalMart’s notoriously tough management training program might not be an obvious choice, but Alex took the opportunity when it arose and found it an exciting learning experience, staying on in the company as Area Manager of a distribution center.

It was only later that he found his niche, using his individualistic and creative character to help entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams. In the world of academia, a creative individualist is called a crackpot, but in the world of business, that’s an entrepreneur – someone who has their own ideas and is not afraid of them. As a Business Plan Writer, Alex finds nothing more rewarding than helping his clients to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. He adds a dash of flair to the sometimes dry, numbers-based business plan to match the initiative of the entrepreneurs themselves.

He gained his PhD from Indiana University in 1992.

Isabella Franco

Associate Consultant

Popularly known as Izzi, Isabella is originally from the UK and has worked in the fields of marketing and business writing for over 20 years. In marketing, she has worked in Financial Services, Engineering and Education.

As a Plan Writer, she enjoys the process of working with entrepreneurs, embracing their zeal, and funneling that energy to develop targeted and strategic plans. The result is a portfolio of over 400 (at the last count) tailor-made Business Plans and Pitch Decks, each with accurate forecasts, and insightful writing.

She has a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Manchester.

She has lived in Spain, Portugal, Sri Lanka, and Ireland and, when not researching for another business plan, thoroughly enjoys travel, volunteering, reading, sewing and watching bad reality TV shows.

Matt Linsey

Senior Consultant

Matt is originally from Mexico and has lived and worked all over the globe, including New York, Hong Kong and London. A graduate of Circle in the Square’s Theatre School in New York, Matthew holds a BA in Performing Arts. Although his main trade is performance, his experience reaches all corners of production, with positions across many branches of the entertainment industry, including writing and producing.

Matt is thrilled to join the Biz Plans & Grants team and can’t wait to continue learning under the experienced and professional team, while expanding his knowledge of business in the modern world.

Krystal Smith

Senior Consultant

Crystal is an award-winning professional writer and author of 45 books, including nonfiction, novels, and short fiction. She has two Bachelor’s Degrees from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and a Master’s Degree from Chapman University in Orange, CA. Amy was a development officer for major affordable housing and economic development projects in South and Central Los Angeles. Today, she is a business consultant and fund developer working primarily for emerging and growing businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Additionally, she has business consulting expertise in Europe, the UAE, and Australia. Her specialties include women- and minority-owned businesses, green and sustainable agriculture and tech, AI/machine learning, biotech, sustainable agriculture, commercial construction, regenerative medicine, and manufacturing verticals, including the auto industry (EVs), medical devices, natural foods, fashion, and vegan/cruelty-free cosmetics. Amy’s executive-level experience in for-profit, not-for-profit, and education/government environments offers a broad perspective that can benefit business or strategic endeavors.

Daniel Rivers

Senior Consultant

A native of Florida, Daniel Rivers earned a B.A. in English and French from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and an M.A. in English from the University of Texas. For nearly 30 years, he taught high school English in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, and Kentucky and endeavored to improve the critical reading and writing skills of his students. Now, as a plan writer, he is gratified to employ his background in helping motivated entrepreneurs pursue their goals and dreams. Pete is a fan of the semi-colon, the Oxford comma, and “le mot juste.”

When he’s not reading or writing, Pete enjoys working in his yard, doing crossword puzzles, biking, and hiking and playing with his dog Tater Tot.

MBA University of Southern California.

FINRA Series 82 security license.

Nick Nakamoto

Senior Consultant

Nick Nakamoto joined Biz Plans & Grants in March 2015 as Director of Strategic Alliances, responsible for relations with corporate entities and business attorneys associated with Biz Plans & Grants’ end users. He has been based in Toronto and New York for much of his entrepreneurial career.

He is a graduate of OCAD University, Toronto, majoring in Marketing and Film. He has had a successful career in marketing in both Toronto and New York, working with international agencies on major accounts, including Volkswagen and American Airlines. As a creative director, he prepared award winning advertising campaigns combining print with broadcast media and television, progressively adding online formats as the internet grew in importance.

From there, he moved into directing TV commercials working in the US, Canada, France England and Spain. His work promoting such companies as General Motors, Procter & Gamble and Ford has been seen by millions of viewers.

He also has a successful record as a serial entrepreneur, his greatest initiative being as co-founder of the now global Ashley Madison dating service. Among his other successes are a real estate/entertainment series, HouseCapades, on Fox TV, and Business Plan Solutions, focusing on writing plans and advising entrepreneurs.

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