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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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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.
March 20, 2010 in Your Business Plan
Five Harmful Myths About Business Plans

Five Harmful Myths About Business Plans

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Believing these lies could be hazardous to your business.
March 19, 2010 in Your Business Plan

A Good Year for Business Planning

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3 reasons businesses will benefit from better planning in 2010.
January 6, 2010 in Your Business Plan

Sample Business Plans

Need a business plan but not sure where to start? Get inspired with our collection of free sample business plans, all in SBA-approved format and available in their entirety online.
December 2, 2009 in Starting a Business
Your Business Plan Guide

Your Business Plan Guide

Insider tips and expert advice on creating a high-impact business plan to showcase your business idea, impress potential investors, and get the funding and support you need.
November 4, 2009 in Your Business Plan

Business Planning for the Rest of Us

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Having a plan is about managing your company, not explaining it.
September 22, 2009 in Your Business Plan

Wow Investors With a Web-Savvy Business Plan

In a tight credit market, use expertise to stand out from the crowd.
August 18, 2009 in Your Business Plan

6 Business Plan Fundamentals

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A downturn is a good time to make sure you've got the fundamentals covered.
March 31, 2009 in Your Business Plan

6 Components of a Bootstrap Business Plan

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A business plan for a self-funded startup can be stripped down, but that makes it no less important.
February 26, 2009 in Your Business Plan

A Case Study: Real-Life Business Planning

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A planning meeting should set the foundation for real strategy, not set forth the strategy itself. Find out how one company made the most of its two-day session.
February 3, 2009 in Your Business Plan

Measure Your Business Plan Results

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No plan is ever right on, but having no plan is never right. Here's how to analyze the actual results compared to the plan.
January 6, 2009 in Your Business Plan

4 Big Fat Business Plan Lies

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Get past these 4 myths and learn what a business plan is at its simplest.
December 11, 2008 in Your Business Plan

Do You Really Need a Business Plan?

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The experts aren't so sure--but entrepreneurs like the founders of Roaring lion energy drink say it's a must. here's how to know if writing a business plan is for you.
November 17, 2008 in Your Business Plan

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November 10, 2008 in Money

Get Back to Business Planning Fundamentals

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In a recession, it's important to know what adjustments to make to your business plan. Here are three fundamentals to remember.
October 24, 2008 in Your Business Plan

It's Time to Rethink the Business Plan Outline

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Use these tips as a guide to help you make the most of your time when creating a business plan.
August 8, 2008 in Business Management

Use Your Leadership Style to Make Your Best Business Plan Yet

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Find out what kind of a thinker--and business owner--you are by asking these strategic questions.
July 24, 2008 in Your Business Plan

The Plan-as-You-Go Business Plan

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This year, consider a new approach that could change how you plan--and manage--your business.
December 31, 2007 in Your Business Plan
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