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The Power of Failure

My new book, The Power of Failure: Succeeding in the Age of Innovation, will be published September 14. It shares the most important lessons in my life, both as a quarterback and as an entrepreneur—how failure is an incredible gift that is actually the key to innovation, creativity, and success. Preorder your copy today!

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  • Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University

    I have had the good fortune of being able to call on Fran Tarkenton and benefit from his experience, judgment, and powerful wisdom. Now that wisdom is available to everyone by simply turning the page.

    Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University
  • Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

    Fran Tarkenton made a remarkable transition from Hall of Fame quarterback to successful entrepreneur. In this engrossing book, he shares his football and business experience to make a compelling case that losing is the key to winning. I dare you not to stand up and cheer while reading it.

    Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
  • Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University

    I have had the good fortune of being able to call on Fran Tarkenton and benefit from his experience, judgment, and powerful wisdom. Now that wisdom is available to everyone by simply turning the page.

    Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University
  • Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

    Fran Tarkenton made a remarkable transition from Hall of Fame quarterback to successful entrepreneur. In this engrossing book, he shares his football and business experience to make a compelling case that losing is the key to winning. I dare you not to stand up and cheer while reading it.

    Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
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  • Access to a huge and growing market – 520,000 new startups each month across the country
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Our Brands

Tarkenton Companies operates through a number of subsidiaries and brands, in order to provide customized solutions and complete service to our customers and partners.

GoSmallBiz

Since 1996, GoSmallBiz.com has provided unparalleled resources and support to small business owners across North America. Unlimited business consultation, software tools, business coaching, and training courses – it’s all here to help you get smarter, make better decisions, and run a better business.

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SmallBizClub

SmallBizClub.com is the premier destination for small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn, grow and succeed in business. We bring you the best of the best—insightful thinking on important business questions from industry leaders, veteran business owners, and fellow entrepreneurs.

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Tarkenton Financial

A network of independent insurance and financial professionals dedicated to providing retirement solutions, expertise and unmatched service.

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StarterSuccess

StarterSuccess.com provides small business owners accessible and affordable software tools to help their businesses thrive.

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Click2Corp

Click2Corp is a comprehensive service for businesses looking to form or maintain their business structure.

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Tarkenton Certificate in Entrepreneurship

It’s a world-class education from world-class instructors. A comprehensive online curriculum, built from the ground up, that teaches tangible business skills and entrepreneurial thinking.

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The Mission of Business is to help people!

Fran Tarkenton– Founder & CEO
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Fran Tarkenton

Hall of Famer & Founder of Tarkenton Companies

18 years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. Three Super Bowl appearances. 3,686 completions, 6,467 pass attempts, 342 touchdowns, 47,003 yards passing, and 3,674 yards rushing — all NFL records. A Hall of Fame induction in 1986. Monday Night Football. “That’s Incredible.”

Those are some of the things that might come to your mind when you hear the name Fran Tarkenton. But if you ask him, he’ll give you a different answer. “I’m an entrepreneur, first and always,” he says.

Over 50 years in business, Tarkenton has built more than 20 successful companies, all from the ground up. And today, 74 years old, he remains as active and involved as ever, running multiple companies out of his office in Atlanta, Georgia, including GoSmallBiz.com, Tarkenton Financial and SmallBizClub.com.

Even during his football career, Tarkenton was building businesses. Drafted in 1961 by the Vikings, his first salary was $12,500. “Being an NFL quarterback in those days didn’t make you an instant millionaire,” he says. “So I went to work in the offseason.”Tarkenton_Companies_Fran_Tarkenton

For the first few years of his career, Tarkenton spent the offseason learning about businesses from the inside. One year it was with Wilson Truck Systems, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Then it was a sales job at a printing company. Another year it was in New York, working with the Coca-Cola Company’s advertising agency, McCann Erickson. “All of these experiences set the foundation for me to go out and really be an entrepreneur, and understand how to bring value to my customers,” Tarkenton says.

But success did not come right away. His first company, Learning Foundations, helped people who had a hard time with reading, writing, and English. But the financial side never worked. It was followed by a similar company called Direct Education. Again, it didn’t work. “After that, I guess I should have known that I couldn’t get the educational parts to work,” Tarkenton says with a wry smile.

Failure, however, never stopped him, and the lessons from those early experiences led to a string of successes in all different kinds of businesses from organizational psychology to technology. Along the way, he was mentored by Sam Walton, served on the first board of directors for Coca-Cola Enterprises, and built his largest company in a partnership with IBM. “A lot of people say to do what you love, but that’s never been me,” says Tarkenton. “I’ve found that I can enjoy anything if I’m providing value to other people. So I don’t limit myself to doing what I love; I love whatever I do.”

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About Us

We are committed to providing our customers and partners the greatest value, the best experience, and the fullest support possible.

Tarkenton Companies serves the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs all over the country, operating through several subsidiaries to offer everything from small business software to retirement solutions to sports entertainment content.

Based on the business philosophy of Founder and CEO Fran Tarkenton, Tarkenton Companies is centered on three fundamental principles:

  • The mission of business is to help other people. Success comes from helping other people solve problems in their lives. It’s not about us—it’s about serving you.
  • Be willing to reinvent yourself every day. We are ready to do whatever it takes to best serve our customers, and we are open to new ideas and ways of doing things to achieve that goal.
  • We learn from everything we do. No one has all the answers. Whenever we try something, we will learn from it, whether it succeeds or fails, and we’ll be ready to make it even better the next time.

Above all, Tarkenton Companies works every day to find new opportunities for service and growth in today’s market.

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