If you’re running a new business or contemplating it, I recommend that you read “10 Things I Hate About Your Business Plan”. Be sure to read the suggestions made by readers in the Comments section, too.

The article is one of many found on the American Express OPEN Forum site, which bills itself as “A wealth of resources for savvy business owners.” The site is easy to use and full of useful articles, videos and discussions. I make it a regular stop on my daily “continuing education” web rounds.

Do you take time to communicate with other business owners, discuss current trends and challenges, and stay educated on the latest topics? If your schedule doesn’t allow regular chats by the water cooler or at the local coffee house, try one of the free and reliable online resources. They’re definitely worth the investment!