Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton is an entrepreneur and NFL Hall of Famer, and the founder of Tarkenton Companies. Fran has always had a passion for small business, and has started more than 20 businesses since retiring from the NFL. His efforts to provide knowledge and tools to small business have been a full time undertaking since 1996, and he is the driving force behind GoSmallBiz.com, Click2Corp.com and Tarkenton Financial. These sites all grew from Fran's desire to help fellow entrepreneurs gain access to the tools and information they need to grow and compete in the modern economy. You can see more about what Fran is doing at http://www.tarkenton.com, follow him on Twitter @Fran_Tarkenton, or connect with him on Google +.

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Make a Plan That’s Flexible and Can Adapt to Changes

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Don’t Let Fear of Failure Delay Your Startup

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Finding Your Confidence Starts With a Reality Check

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A Culture of Teamwork Starts at Home

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Stay Focused on the Moment

Whenever I stepped onto the football field, I was not consciously thinking beyond the moment. Above all, I was not thinking about winning or losing. In the rest of my football career that followed, in…

Why Entrepreneurs Need to Be Scramblers

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A Lesson About Home Depot, Nails, and Sales from Bernie Marcus

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What I Learned About Business from the Cofounder of Waffle House

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Surround Yourself with a Winning Team

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