Abrams was born in Los Angeles, CA and earned degrees from both UCLA and Harvard. She has advised, mentored and consulted entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1986. Her knowledge of the small business market and her passion for entrepreneurship have made her one of America's most recognized advocates for small business. Abrams' weekly newspaper column, “Small Business Strategies,” is the nation’s most widely-read column about small business, reaching more than 20 million readers through 130 newspapers, USATODAY.com, Inc.com, and Costco Connection magazine.
Abrams' first book, The Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies, was acclaimed by Forbes magazine as one of the two best books for small business and by Inc. magazine as one of the six best books for start-ups. Now in its fourth edition, it is used as the primary text for business plan classes by hundreds of business schools.
Abrams, one of the foremost speakers in the U.S. on the subject of small business, regularly addresses conferences, corporations, industry groups, business associations and others. She has provided keynotes, workshops, corporate training seminars and has served as panel moderator and conference emcee for some of the nation’s most prestigious business events and largest corporations.
Speaking Events & Clients Include:
California First Lady Maria Shriver's Women's Conference
Intuit National Media Tour
Iowa Statewide Entre-fest
Federal Reserve Bank
The Salon Association
UCLA Women’s Business Conference
Association of Small Business Development Centers
National Better Business Bureau
New Zealand Software Association
Universities, Trade associations, Economic Development Associations, Corporations