Fran Tarkenton

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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 business both during and after his NFL career. His efforts to provide knowledge and tools to small business have been a full-time undertaking since 1996.

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It’s incredibly easy to get overwhelmed when creating a business plan. For starters, you need one regardless of any business you plan on creating- they’re an mandatory element to making the process flow in an organized and professional manner. You’re selling your new product or service to an audience that doesn’t know anything about what you have to offer, so you have to keep the presentation fresh and interesting. But wait, there’s more. Financially speaking, you need to also include a wide range of information for investors to look at for your new start-up. Necessary information will include 3-5 years of projected financial statements, an exit strategy, and an advertising and marketing plan among many others. If you don’t have all of this information, it will deeply affect how much lenders will provide your business, if they even decide to fund it at all. Continue reading

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Fran Tarkenton: Football Legend and Small Business Champion

The Minnesota Vikings drafted Fran Tarkenton in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft at the age of twenty-one. He played his first NFL game (and the Vikings first game) against the Chicago Bears. He led the Vikings to a victory by passing for 250 yards and completing four touchdown passes as the upstarts stunned the Bears 37–13. He is the only player in NFL history to pass for four touchdowns in his first NFL game.
On December 19th, the Minnesota Vikings will celebrate their 50th anniversary. Tarkenton will join the 49 living members of the 50 greatest Viking players, as voted by the fans, to reunite, reminisce, and celebrate the prestigious milestone with the men who helped build and the fans who support the Viking Nation. However, Fran’s decision to attend the event took some persuading.

Tarkenton came to Minnesota after playing quarterback for the University of Georgia. In a recent interview describing his time with the Vikings, Tarkenton stated that prior to joining the team, he “had no idea where Minnesota was.” The team’s heroic win against the Bears sealed their place in football history. Looking back, Tarkenton describes his fellow teammates as “a great group of characters.” Yet despite his fondness for his teammates, Tarkenton spoke most highly of his former coach Bud Grant. “I learned more from him than from anyone else in the world.” Continue reading

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