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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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Let Your Business Plan Tell Your Story

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Find out why it's important for your business plan to tell exactly what your business is all about.
April 11, 2005 in Your Business Plan

Business Plan Essentials

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Learn about the elements that every successful business plan must contain.
March 14, 2005 in Your Business Plan

Writing a Knockout Business Plan for Your Startup

With preparation, knowledge and these insider tips, you'll be able to create a business plan built for success.
March 4, 2005 in ORPHANS

Crafting a Simple Business Plan

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Find out why a fully detailed, elaborate business plan may not be your best choice.
March 1, 2005 in Your Business Plan

Business Plan Mistakes to Avoid

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Steer clear of these 10 blunders when crafting your business plan.
March 1, 2005 in Your Business Plan

Creating a Winning Startup Business Plan

Don't fear the business plan process. With preparation, knowledge and these insider tips, you'll be able to create a business plan built for success.
February 1, 2005 in Your Business Plan

When a Business Plan Fails

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Not sure why your plan isn't getting you anywhere? Check out what you should and shouldn't do.
December 18, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Updating Your Business Plan

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There are many reasons why you should revisit your business plan.
December 13, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Business Plan Risks

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How to present your business risks without scaring away investors
December 11, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Preparing for a Business Plan Presentation

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Win over investors by knowing your business plan inside out.
December 2, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Elements of a Business Plan

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There are seven major sections of a business plan, and each one is a complex document. Read today's selection from our business plan tutorial to fully understand the components of your business plan.
November 30, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Why You Must Have a Business Plan

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It's more than a tool for getting funding. Think of it as the road map to your business's future.
November 19, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Tips for Crafting a Great Business Plan

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Need a business plan but your writing is less than award winning? Here are a few tips on how to create a masterpiece.
November 19, 2004 in ORPHANS

Getting In on the University Business Plan Competition Circuit

Entering a business plan contest could be your ticket to success. We've got the scoop on 21 popular competitions nationwide--read on to find the right one for you.
October 19, 2004 in Your Business Plan

Creating a Business Plan That's You

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Your business plan is your business plan--so make sure it doesn't read like a template.
December 6, 2003 in Your Business Plan

Does It Pay to Hire a Business Plan Consultant?

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Hiring a consultant shouldn't take the place of your own understanding of your business plan.
December 2, 2003 in Your Business Plan

Smart Tips for Writing Your Business Plan

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8 ideas for creating a plan that'll help you successfully reach your business goals
October 20, 2003 in Your Business Plan

Startup Success Tips From a Business Plan Winner

By tirelessly adjusting to market conditions and seeking peer feedback, Boston startup Way Systems Inc. avoided some of the hazards that can plague early-stage tech companies.
September 5, 2003 in Your Business Plan

Why You Need a Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the success of your venture. So what are you waiting for?
August 11, 2003 in ORPHANS

Growth Plan vs. Start-Up Business Plan

If you're looking for expansion capital, potential investors will want to see a growth plan. Here's how it differs from your business plan.
August 11, 2003 in ORPHANS

Update Your Business Plan

There are many reasons why you should revisit your business plan.
May 1, 2003 in ORPHANS

The 30-Second Business Plan

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Want to impress a potential investor quickly? Here's exactly what to say.
January 20, 2003 in Financing

Business Plan Help

Where to go for assistance
August 23, 2002 in Your Business Plan

How Do I Write a Business Plan?

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Behind every good business is a good business plan. Here are the 6 essentials.
August 1, 2002 in Young Entrepreneurs

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