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Often the first act of entrepreneurship is formalizing a business plan for a prospective company. Business plans, which serve as something of a roadmap for how a founder will turn an idea into a full-fledged business, typically include information like an executive summary, a market analysis and financial projections.

Business plans can be vital for entrepreneurs and business owners interested in lining up a bank loan or attracting other stakeholders such as investors. And though a plan may change over time, entrepreneurs and owners often say the process of mapping out how a company will operate and who its customers will be is invaluable.

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A Business Plan Tool That Helps Size Up Your Odds of Success

A Business Plan Tool That Helps Size Up Your Odds of Success

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Enloop pushes the emotional clouds out of the startup process to give entrepreneurs a clear view of their business plan.
September 8, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Five Critical Questions Your Business Plan Should Answer

Five Critical Questions Your Business Plan Should Answer

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Answering these questions periodically can help keep long-term goals in mind while you adjust your immediate steps and actions.
July 12, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Five Rules for Bootstrapping Success

Five Rules for Bootstrapping Success

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Follow these tips to get your dream business off the ground without seeking outside investors.
June 27, 2011 in Startup Basics
Video: What Investors Really Think About Your Business PlanPlay Video

What Investors Really Think About Your Business Plan (Video)

At our Entrepreneur Magazine Roundtable, financial pros offer tough talk about the business plans of first-time entrepreneurs.
June 21, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Charles Barkley Wants to Give Your Startup $25,000

Charles Barkley Wants to Give Your Startup $25,000

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The NBA Hall of Famer starts a contest to give an aspiring entrepreneur a financial lift.
June 9, 2011 in Startup Financing
A Better Business Plan Can Lead to New Customers

A Better Business Plan Can Lead to New Customers

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These four steps can help get you on your way to enhancing and expanding your client base.
April 25, 2011 in Your Business Plan
How Business Planning Leads to Better Management

How Business Planning Leads to Better Management

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Here are three steps to help get you planning better, and putting those plans in motion.
April 5, 2011 in Your Business Plan
A Competition for Your Startup

A Competition for Your Startup

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The Start-Up, Boot-Up business plan competition promises $75,000 to one outstanding start-up.
March 24, 2011 in Starting a Business
Better Management: A Business Planning Test

Better Management: A Business Planning Test

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Having a simple plan for internal management can be key to business success. Do you have one?
March 1, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Let Your 'Story' Frame Your Business Plan

Let Your 'Story' Frame Your Business Plan

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Don't think of it as a formal document but as a collection of your stories, combined with concrete goals.
February 11, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Two Weeks to Startup: Day 4. Write Your Business Plan

Two Weeks to Startup: Day 4. Write Your Business Plan

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In today's installment of our series to help you launch a new venture, you'll put your concept on paper.
February 10, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Video: How Can I Hire Someone to Help Write My Business Plan?Play Video

How Can I Hire Someone to Help Write My Business Plan? (Video)

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Tim Berry, president of Palo Alto Software Inc., responds to a reader seeking advice on finding a low-cost writer to help with a business plan.
January 18, 2011 in Your Business Plan

A Great Business Plan Begins With Engaging the Customer

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Entrepreneurs need to spend less time at their computer imagining their new business and more time with real, live customers.
December 27, 2010 in Your Business Plan
Myth of the Business Plan

Myth of the Business Plan

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Writing one is largely a joke. Seriously.
December 20, 2010 in Your Business Plan
An Introduction to Business Plans

An Introduction to Business Plans

Why is a business plan so vital to the health of your business? Read the first section of our tutorial on How to Build a Business Plan to find out.
November 2, 2010 in Your Business Plan
Business Planning for the 'Lean Startup'

Business Planning for the 'Lean Startup'

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This next-generation strategy calls for planning--and revising--as you go.
September 22, 2010 in Your Business Plan
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