start a business in tough times

Are you planning to Start or Run A Business In Tough Times?  

The opportunities for starting a new business in North Texas are tremendous. But it’s not so easy to just start a business and run it successfully given the current economic decline, recession, inflation, startup costs, pandemics, and more.  

  • Are you experiencing overwhelm from having so much to do? 
  • Are you trying to figure out how to raise the money you’ll need? 
  • Are you struggling to generate enough customers and cash flow? 


Start Or Run A Business In Tough Times

If you have a new business, you face a serious challenge. More than you know. You need to start and run a successful business. This is no small task. To start a business in tough times, you need money, good marketing research, lead generation, sales, management, recordkeeping, a good location, people, and the list goes on and on  . . . AND ON!

You have a LOT of problems to solve, and you’ve likely never solved these kinds of problems before. And if you don’t get it right, you’ll pay a high price: failure, loss of money, loss of self-esteem, wasted time, and worst of all – major embarrassment and humiliation in front of your family and friends.


Why MOST New Businesses Fail

start a business in tough times

Most new businesses fail. It’s a fact. 

Do you know WHY so many new businesses fail?

If you don’t, it’s not your fault. Because there is a lot of misinformation out there about why the majority of new businesses don’t make it.  In fact, I have some ‘shocking’ news for you. New businesses don’t fail because of a lack of cash flow, inadequate financing, poor choice of location, or a lack of management skills.

Nope. It’s none of those things. New businesses fail for one and only one reason: They fail because of a lack of knowledge and skill on the part of the business owner(s). That’s it. It’s the owner. Nothing else. Always.

All of those other things are EFFECTS from this singular CAUSE: The lack of knowledge and skill of how to start and run a business profitably and successfully. 

There’s a gap in the owner’s knowledge, experience, and know-how. 

This coaching program and mastermind group FILLS THAT GAP and so puts the odds of success in your favor. 


How To Get The Resources, Skills, And Insights You Need

Start A Business in Tough Times

Come learn how to start or Run A  Business In Tough Times™

  • What if you could get help solving EVERY major problem in your new business?
  • What if you avoid the painful, costly mistakes of starting a new business?
  • What if you could be part of a community and really have fun doing it? 

Would you like to learn a PROVEN way to transform yourself into an extraordinary entrepreneur? This is your invitation to learn a precise step-by-step system that has helped several new business owners become millionaires in their own businesses. 

That’s what this unique coaching program and mastermind group in North Texas is all about.

Attend Our 1-Day Introductory Seminar -> 



About This Start Or Run A Business Coaching & Mastermind Program

start a business in tough times

Start Or Run A Business in Tough Times™ is especially for NEW business owners in North Texas.

This unique coaching program and mastermind group will help you

-> Get up and running with customers and cash flow  more quickly
-> Avoid the overwhelm and experience more clarity in the process
-> Learn how to start for 1/10th and 1/20th the normal startup costs
-> Get help creating a snapshot strategic plan
-> Do a feasibility study to make certain your business idea will work
-> Protect your new business from inflation and a ‘down’ economy
-> Learn how to raise the money you need to launch successfully
-> Learn essential success traits of world-class entrepreneurs
-> Learn NO-cost and LOW-cost marketing techniques 

And much, much more.

When: We meet on the first and third Monday evenings of every month.
Coaching & Matermind Session: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South, 2001 Valley View Lane Irving, Texas, 75061

Attend Our 1-Day Introductory Seminar -> 




An Invitation For You

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You’re invited to come and actually experience what the Start Or Run A Business In Tough Times™ Coaching and Mastermind program in North Fort Worth can do for you.

Join us at one of our upcoming 1-Day Introductory Seminar 



What Makes This ‘ Start A Business’ Coaching Program So Different

start a business in tough times

No other program anywhere in the world offers new business owners what this program does. It is completely unique and one of a kind. 

What makes the Start Or Run A Business In Tough Times program so different? What does THIS program give you that no other program can?

A proven proprietary coaching process
This elegant process was developed over 26 years and has helped turn several business owners into millionaires in their own businesses. It helps business owners transform into entrepreneurs, and causes a series of breakthroughs and quantum leaps to occur spontaneously. 

Behaviorally modeled patterns
These are world-class strategies that are not available anywhere else.

A state-of-the-art start-up model that has proven to work in tough economic times
This model is customized for you and your business.


10 Things You Get In This Coaching & Mastermind Program

  1. Two LIVE 2-hour workshops every month
  2. 1-on-1 NLP coaching with Alexander
  3. 500 pages of printed materials
  4. Insights & strategies from our other training curriculums
  5. Unique strategies that have been modeled from extraordinary owners
  6. Access to our members-only Facebook Group
  7. A customized Resource Matrix
  8. Our 30-day satisfaction GUARANTEE
  9. Big discounts on our other products & programs
  10. Help solving EVERY major problem you face as a new business owner


About Your Instructor

Alexander Van Buren is the instructor for the start a business in tough times programAlexander Van Buren is president of Skill Builder Seminars and owner of, The Alexander Speakers Bureau, and The NLP & Coaching Institute.

Van Buren is a ‘serial entrepreneur” and has been running his own businesses for more than 30 years.

He has started 8 successful companies across 4 different states in multiple industries.

He started one business at his dining room table the day after the stock market crashed in 2008.  It quickly grew to 5 full-time employees, and a corporate office, and made him financially free – right in the middle of a major recession.

Alexander is a Certified Master Practitioner in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). His unique coaching process helps people transform themselves into the entrepreneur they need to be, so they can do the things they need to do, to have the business and lifestyle they dream of having.  

He’s modeled more than 170 separate patterns from world-class athletes, entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders and helped hundreds of new business owners to start and run successful businesses and become true entrepreneurs.

Van Buren’s years of experience at starting and running successful businesses, his NLP coaching process, and the many patterns & strategies he’s modeled, make him a veritable goldmine of resources for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Alexander has been a featured presenter for the Stanford Executive Program Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

His training and coaching clients include the employees, executives, and managers of Toshiba, Arrow Electronics, Bluegreen Land & Golf Corporation, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Paramount Home Entertainment, George K. Baum & Company, Safelite Autoglass, Marriott Grand Chateau, CWTV-Sinclair Broadcasting, Moretrench America, Pulte Homes, and many more.


An Invitation For You

You’re invited to come and actually experience what the Start Or Run A Business In Tough Times™ Coaching and Mastermind program in North Fort Worth can do for you.

Join us at one of our upcoming 1-Day Introductory Seminar 



Here’s Just Some Of What You’ll Learn

start a business in tough times

Start Or Run A Business in Tough Times
is a business coaching program that helps NEW business owners start their business and run it profitably and successfully.
You’ll learn a vast array of business skills, strategies, and patterns modeled from extraordinary entrepreneurs and business owners. You’ll receive help solving EVERY major business problem and difficulty you face as a new business owner.

Market Research
Discover how to research your industry, niche, and competitors. Find opportunities, establish a brand, and determine your competitive advantage. Do a feasibility study to know if your idea for a business is viable or if you need to pivot.

Strategy, Plans & Goals
Create a snapshot plan. Set the right goals and targets, and learn to create and implement a true strategic plan. Capture unique opportunities only available in a recession and learn hidden ways to thrive in tough times.

Passion, Clarity & Focus
Develop your passion and learn how to use it to grow your business. Gain a much clearer vision of where your business is headed and exactly what you need to do to get there.

Entrepreneurial Momentum
Learn how to create exceptional Entrepreneurial Momentum and get on a ‘winning streak’ that catapults you and your business forward.

Product & Service Development
Become skilled at creating new products and services for your target markets. Design affordable front-end and higher-priced back-end value packages that are irresistible to your prospects and clients.  

Raise $, Bootstrap, Barter & JV
Learn how to raise the money you need to get started, and how to bootstrap, barter, and joint venture to acquire all kinds of resources you need – all at little or no cost.

Go From Confusion To Clarity
Learn how to clearly articulate who you are, what you do, how you help people, and why someone should choose you and your business.

A Stream Of New Customers
Learn LOW cost and NO cost marketing techniques, and a proven system for creating exponential growth. Create a lead generation system and automate it so you have an ongoing flood of new customers every single month.

Create Leverage, Systems, & Scale
Begin to use leverage to turn your business into more of an asset. Learn how to delegate more effectively and get your business to give you a better lifestyle with less work.  

Build Your DREAM Team
Improve your abilities as a leader and manager and get better at inspiring and motivating others with your vision. Learn how to find and hire the best people and how to compensate them in ways you can afford and are win/win.

Transform Into A True Entrepreneur
Your business is a reflection of you. This training includes NLP coaching to help you become the person you need to be, in order to have the business you truly want to have. Develop the traits of world-class entrepreneurs and identify unconscious patterns that are holding you back from greater business success.

Business Growth Strategies
Learn the 10 ways to grow any business, how to create and develop adjacencies, manage growth and plan across multiple time horizons. Build the infrastructure you need to handle growth.

Cash Flow Management
Learn a simple method for knowing your numbers and using data to make better decisions. Manage your cash flow more effectively.  Learn negotiation tactics to get the best deals and cut costs. Always have extra cash on hand to capture opportunities that may appear.

Design & Live Your Dream Lifestyle
Get more work/life balance. Design your business so it starts giving you your ideal lifestyle. Put more and more of your business processes on autopilot so your business runs and produces cash flow & profit when you’re not working.   


Plus Recession-Proofing Inflation-Busting Strategies

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The Start Or Run A Business in Tough Times program includes these proven strategies to protect your company against inflation and recession: 

Protect Your Company
Create the safeguards you need to minimize the dangers of economic disasters, panic, and world crises. Learn techniques for using inflation to your advantage so you always have a way to win no matter what happens in the economy. Remember: Some people got RICH in the depression.

Know The Key Industries
Certain industries will be more prosperous than others at certain times. Discover which industries, markets, and niches thrive during a recession and how to make the most of this information.

Price To Win During Inflation
One of the biggest mistakes businesses make is mis- pricing their products and services during inflation.  Learn how to implement a pricing strategy that actually increases your sales and profits when others are pinching pennies.

Learn Contrarian Thinking
To thrive through a recession, you have to stop thinking and acting like the vast majority of people. An entirely new way of thinking is critical. Acquire contrarian thinking patterns that will insulate you from the negativity and give you a huge strategic advantage.  

Capture Down-Turn Opportunities
A recession creates rare opportunities like no other time in history. Learn how to recognize and take advantage of them.  Discover a specific process for finding those few once-in-a-lifetime chances to be on the receiving end of the coming “massive shift of wealth”.

Capture Wallet Share
People spend less and cut back in a recession. But they still spend money. Learn how to design your products and services and position your business so customers choose you and your company even when times are bad.

You’re invited to come and actually experience what the Start Or Run A Business In Tough Times™ Coaching and Mastermind program in North Fort Worth can do for you.



Custom Tailored For YOU & Your New Business

Receive a pinpointed set of resources, breakthrough patterns, and quantum leap strategies designed especially for you based on your individual needs.   

Alexander will personally create this Resource Matrix™ for you. It’s the secret to experiencing breakthroughs and quantum leaps on an ongoing basis for both yourself and your business.  


An Invitation For You

You’re invited to come and actually experience what the Start Or Run A Business In Tough Times™ Coaching and Mastermind program in North Fort Worth can do for you.

Join us at one of our upcoming 1-Day Introductory Seminar 


When, Where, How Much

How To Start Or Run A Business in Tough Times 

Coaching And Mastermind Group – The 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of every month from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
2-Hour Introductory Workshop – Various Saturday Afternoons

The Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South
2001 Valley View Lane Irving, Texas, 75061

How Much
Saturday afternoon workshops are $97 per person.
If you decide you want to be in this coaching program, we offer a variety of affordable coaching packages to choose from. 


An Invitation For You

You’re invited to come and actually experience what the Start Or Run A Business In Tough Times™ Coaching and Mastermind program in North Fort Worth can do for you.

Join us at one of our upcoming 1-Day Introductory Seminar 


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What Participants Say 

Start A Business In Tough Times
“When I first met you I was $17,000 in the red. Within a few years of working with you and your strategies, I am having my first 7-figure year. Your coaching has been incredibly valuable.”

Dan J.



Start A Business In Tough Times
“I made $40,000 in the first month from one of the up-sell techniques you taught me. And I’ve added a quarter of a million dollars to my yearly income. And I took my wife to France and we hung out with the Tour-De-France cyclists, so I guess that qualifies as the lifestyle piece. That’s why I’ve come back for more coaching with you!”

Dr. Chris Pellow, Pellow Family Chiropractic



Start A Business In Tough Times
“Not only did Alexander do a phenomenal job in teaching me many concepts that will greatly improve my business, but he went beyond helping me with my business into teaching me how to thrive in my life balance as well. He made sure I understood to balance everything important to me, such as making time for my health, family, and leisure time, so that I could be more balanced in my life and not stressed out with overworking myself with my business. He inspired me to take many actions to improve both my business and the quality of my life that I would have been ignorant or hesitant to take otherwise. His program was a real life-changer for me. I wholeheartedly recommend him.”

Sue P. New Business Owner



“Alexander has been a huge help in getting me started the right way. His techniques have already got me significant bookings that have far exceeded my goals. I purchased his coaching package three times in a row because it paid for itself every time I did it. His attention to detail in all aspects: from intricate speech writing to advanced marketing, these are exactly the insights for which I was looking. With so much more to learn, I know I’m in the right place.”

Steve Sax, World Champion Baseball Player & Motivational Speaker



“Toshiba is the world’s 17th largest corporation…thank you for helping to ensure a highly successful national sales meeting. The combination of unique intrigue, pure entertainment, and meaningful insights into one another, helped us achieve a level of professional bonding like never before.”

David Ujita, Director of Marketing Communications, Toshiba America



I have been working with him for a year now, and I have been able to change completely. Today, I am much more who I want to be, and can do more than I have ever been able to achieve before.

Susan Brown, Day Trader & Futures Trader



Start A Business In Tough Times

“This was one of the best pieces of training we’ve ever had on time management. They were blown away.”

Safelite Auto Glass



“The participants were really impressed.”

Sharon F. Reiser, The Stanford Executive Program Graduate School of Business



“In the three sessions. . . I was impressed with your knowledge and coaching in time management. Your honest feedback and detailed explanations on being the best that I can be (my work place, personal life and diet) has had an immediate and positive impact.

I changed my diet, and exercise which I never did before, and I can see the results in my daily routine and my energy level. I highly recommend you to anyone who wants to improve their professional or personal life.

Thanks again for teaching me to be a better manager, husband, father, and friend.”

Shawn Funches, Food & Beverage Activities Manager, Marriott’s Grand Chateau



“There is always apprehension when you bring in a facilitator you have not personally worked with before. This apprehension disappeared within the first 30 seconds of your presentation.

Alex, you not only energized the group with your insights on the creative process and approaching problem areas, but you also changed our whole way of viewing our business.

Your practical approach to problem-solving from the general to the specific will serve us all for many years to come.”

Dave Verani, Division President, Blue Green Land & Golf Corporation



Start A Business In Tough Times

“The communication session was . . . WOW!. And we are still using the 5-5-5- sales process.”

CW – TV, Sinclair Broadcasting Corp. 



“Alexander, I spoke to a group of over 200 people and I truly believe your help with my introduction and closing language was a big part in my being able to bring in over $50,000 in my 45-minute presentation.”

Scott Letourneau, CEO



“Alexander’s coaching has been a measurable benefit to me from our
very first call.
His information is timely, relevant, and in manageable steps that can be implemented to increase your business immediately.”
Kenny Chapman



Start A Business In Tough Times

“This course has changed my life. I now know how to create change that I simply didn’t know how to do before. I understand what is needed to create a shift that results in a new reality.

This has been extremely enlightening and worth the time and expense to take part.  I definitely recommend this training to aspiring coaches, and anyone who wants to know how to change their lives and the lives of others.”  Casey Evan



Start A Business In Tough Times“I learned transformational techniques on how to use language to enhance every area of my life. The demonstrations added so much value to my learning experience. This training will help anyone who wants to change their life or the lives of others through change.”  Rosaland Revels


This workshop was amazing. I received the entire structure of how to create a successful coaching business. Alexander is a seasoned, passionate and highly successful coach and businessman. Incredible value.”Jeffrey O. 


“An impressive and transforming experience.  I received a breakthrough on an inner pattern that had been holding me back for years.

Alexander does more than teach you how to coach others, he coaches YOU in the process. I’m still amazed at the depth of how deep the insight goes.  My life direction is so much clearer now.”  Shawn Patrick



“Alexander provides excellent insights of how to help more clients and generate more profits.”Debra Arko


“I learned so much about how emotions can change a situation as well as how powerful language is.
I am leaving this training feeling empowered and can’t wait to empower others.” Natalie Evans


I have made great strides with the goals that were set for business and pleasure. As a person in sales, my self-confidence has increased tremendously. I also find my ability to effectively speak with clients and prospective clients much simpler and with greater efficiency. A personal habit that I thought was going to be extremely difficult has been overcome. This change has helped my health tremendously. Alex has made a huge difference in this short time frame, I look forward to accomplishing the rest of my goals very soon.” T. Riddell


“Our group is from all over the world and together we produce a billion dollars a year in revenue for Viacom. You did an amazing problem-solving session on a really tough issue.”  Paramount Home Entertainment 


“This was a high-quality training that Alexander conducted.
It was packed with all kinds of techniques and methods and insights some of which were profound. Several people got breakthroughs and the extra segment about setting up a small business and getting clients was excellent.”  I thoroughly enjoyed this training and I am very glad I took part.”  Fred. L.


“The depth of Alexander’s knowledge is profound.
He has a deep understanding of the coaching process and the marketing and business aspects. He went over the top to help me get here and I’m so glad I took this training. this has been a career breakthrough for me.”  Theadora W. 


“This was a truly amazing training. The coaching process Alexander teaches is so in-depth that cannot help but transform someone. I love that it is elegant and respectful, and yet powerful.
 The communication and relationship piece was a real insight.  I feel like a different person; empowered to create real change because now I know how. Thank you for the tools, the enthusiasm, and the know-how. Most of all, the feeling of confidence I know how to use them.”  Rebecca Haag


“I learned change techniques that truly expanded my idea of what is possible when it comes to making change happen. 
The language patterns and NLP insights were easy to do and quite profound in their effect.  A wonderful training I would do again.”  Karen McCasero


“An outstanding training for our managers. They got lots of great ideas they can use.” 
Arrow Technologies Inc.