ATTENTION: Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Teams and
Chief Procurement Officers

Proven strategies to increase diverse vendor spend and remove roadblocks

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"Diverse spending is crucial to economic growth."

3 GUIDED ways to create a pipeline of project-ready vendors!

  • Host Diverse Vendor Group Training
  • Sponsor Individual Mentoring to Close a Deal
  • Protect Your Supply Chain - host a GUIDED Continuity Statements "work session"
ATTENTION: Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Teams and
Chief Procurement Officers

Guided Plan with Peers

Author of the 10-edition GUIDED Business Plan™ book series

Learn how you can elevate your impact with our GUIDED approach

Business Academy | Cohort | Center of Excellence | Workshops

Hello from Melanie Rae

Author of the 10-edition GUIDED Business Plan™ book series

90-sec intro from the founder

Guided Business Plan
Instructional Designers. Workshop Facilitators.
We have amazing Past Peformance!
Our GUIDED content has been sponsored by billion-dollar brands and other renowned companies
  • Metrolink – Small Business Partnership Program
  • McDonalds – 6-week business planning for 350 people
  • Walgreens – Retail industry cohort training
  • ​WBENC – WeThrive Instructor for business continuity
  • California Water Association – Utility industry specific training
  • ​And many more!

“The feedback for Top Shelf Retail is incredible. I can’t say enough how thrilled I am to be a part of this. Melanie, fantastic job!” ~Pete Raffone, former Regional Director, Walgreens

Guided Business Plan designed a cohort-based training program for consumer goods producers.

Post-Event Thank You Testimonial

Hear our kudos from the California Water Association

a 4-minute testimonial

Meet Your Before + After Business Coach

Melanie Rae

Corporate procurement teams hire Melanie directly and sponsor GUIDED Business Plan to train diverse suppliers in their supply chain from start-up to scaling to supplier to reach their goals faster.
Meet Your Coach

Melanie Rae

Corporate procurement teams hire Melanie directly and sponsor GUIDED Business Plan to train diverse suppliers in their supply chain. From start-up to scaling to supplier to reach their goals faster.
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Meet Our Guides

Our experts guide diverse vendors to their success destinations!

Melanie Rae

Lead Guide

Melanie is the founder of Guided Business Plan & the Before and After Biz Coach who has helped thousands of business owners create tools to SEE and REACH their success destinations.

Dr. Yvette Harris, Phd

Mindset Development

Dr. Harris earned her doctorate in Education Leadership. She assists small businesses with writing County, State and Federal proposals.

Karina Passi

Lean 6 Sigma, Systems

U.S. Air Force veteran, aircraft mechanic, operations consultant and Lean 6 Sigma certified, Karina helps companies "find a better way to get things done."

Scott Vowels, PhD
Supplier Inclusion, Apple

" I have known Melanie for many years and have been impressed with all of the different projects she is constantly involved in. I have been particularly impressed with the programs she has created tailored to the Veteran business community. Melanie has authored several training manuals. workbooks and etc. focused on MWDVBE development."

Audio testimonial from a diverse vendor

Talia Boone, Founder, Postal Petals

Guided Plan with Peers

Before & After

Melanie coached a group of women pursuing corporate contracts during a recent cohort.
For some of them, it was their first time navigating corporate procurement.
Q&A Consulting LLC

Que Alicia

Within a one-hour session, we helped Que write a new script that showcased her true value and personality. This video wowed corporate buyers. Imagine how many prospects would have moved on if they only saw her BEFORE video because they did not understand the value that she brings to the table.
Before
After
The Software Vault

Jamita Machen

Jamita’s BEFORE video was solid but it did not distinguish her enough from other vendors that offer IT systems improvement. The second one showed more confidence as she described how her company solved an extremely costly and high visibility challenge. The listener has an idea of her unique capabilities, who has trusted her and what she can deliver.
Before
After

Guided Business Plan can create a group training that resolves the gaps in onboarding new vendors!

Guide Plan with Peers

Testimonials

“WE-Xcel [a GUIDED course] gave me the tools and the confidence to effectively market my skills for contracts with Fortune 500s and major corporations. Anyone who is serious about taking their business to the next level needs to take this course - it is a game-changer!” 
Stephanie Belton
The A-List Network, LLC
Melanie Taught This Course
“It would have been impossible for me to offer this cohort if I did not have the GUIDED Business Plan™ materials. One of our survey comments was ‘Best educational program I ever experienced. Very organized with valuable information that we could take action on. Loved it.’”
Entrepreneur Educator
Teaching A Government Contracting Cohort
Licensed a GUIDED curriculum
“The materials, the presentation, and especially the examples. It is extremely helpful to have examples that highlight the how and why the particular "fill in the blank" is worth thinking about. The presenter [Melanie] was OUTSTANDING; clear, well organized, delightful, and brought in diverse perspectives.”
Mirette Seireg
MPATH

“I found the SWOT Compass to be incredibly valuable. I appreciate that Melanie took a standard analysis and built upon it substantially with real business questions and concerns to consider."
TaChelle Lawson
Fig Firm
“Every session, I have been incredibly impressed by the quality presentation, the outstanding facilitation and CWA member participation. This has been so helpful!”
Scott Kuethen
Amtec Human Capital
Attended water industry course
“Melanie, is so knowledgeable and such a patient and articulate presenter.”


Kathie Tetreault
Saddleback Surveys, Inc.
Attended workshop for business continuity
"Melanie had high energy and engagement for 3 straight hours...AMAZING!" Wendi 
Wendi Brown
iSupportYou, LLC
"Melanie is an outstanding facilitator!"

Tracy Porter
Premiere Solutions &  NFL Alumni
Attended water industry course
“This is the BEST working meeting EVER!” 
Pamela Isom
ICE Solutions
Attend corporate contracting course

You got questions?
We have answers.

Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions.


Do you offer onsite and virtual workshops/learning events?

We specialize in offering virtual training; however, we may participate in hybrid training where the first and/or last session is held onsite.

What makes this program different?

Your leader is an instructional designer with more than 20 years of experience translating concepts for adult learners. You can't get the same type of energy and inspiration from simply watching a video from a stranger.

Can you create on-demand content?

Absolutely. We offer recorded and non-recorded pricing to reach a larger audience.

What makes this program different?

Your leader is an instructional designer with more than 20 years of experience translating concepts for adult learners. You can't get the same type of energy and inspiration from simply watching a video from a stranger.

Can you offer training to organizations we sponsor?

Yes. We work directly with corporations to translate what they want diverse vendors to know. Our training may be offered to companies you select or held publicly with not-for-profit organizations.

Can we sponsor individuals to attend your training if we cannot host an entire cohort?

Yes, one, two, five...ten. We offer volume discounts and add-ons so they learn what you need them to know.
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