Business Plans

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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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.

Why You Need a Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the success of your venture. So what are you waiting for?

Update Your Business Plan

There are many reasons why you should revisit your business plan.

The 30-Second Business Plan

Want to impress a potential investor quickly? Here's exactly what to say.

Business Plan Help

Where to go for assistance

How Do I Write a Business Plan?

Behind every good business is a good business plan. Here are the 6 essentials.

Wharton Business Plan Competition Grand Prize Awarded

Top prize goes to bone biopsy innovators Envisia Inc.

Winner of Business Plan Contest Announced

Melisa Cowden steals the show with her plan for a children's publishing company.

Pitch Your Business Plan to VCs

Conference allows for face-to-face meetings with investors

Presenting Your Business Plan Online

Learn how to publish, track and protect your business plan on the Internet.

Preparing a Business Plan

A necessary step in the development of any business

Nonprofit vs. Traditional Business Plans

If you're changing the structure of your company, then your business plan should change, too.

Week 5: Write Your Business Plan

There are seven major sections of a business plan, and each one is a complex document. Read this selection from our business plan tutorial to fully understand these components.

How To Build A Business Plan

Let us help you figure out just what a business plan is and why writing one is vital to the health of your business.

Get Help With Your Plan

To help you write your business plan, we've compiled a list of the resources that will put you on the right track.
Elements of a Business Plan

Elements of a Business Plan

There are seven major sections of a business plan, and each one is a complex document. Read this selection from our business plan tutorial to fully understand these components.
Plan Your Plan

Plan Your Plan

Before you put pen to paper, find out how to assess your business's goals and objectives.

Business Plan Tips

How much technical information should you include?

Business Plan Expert Joanne Eglash

Want to start a dotcom? First, you need a plan.

Writing a Business Plan & Protecting Your Idea

Don't know where to start? Here are the first steps, plus how to protect your business idea.

Outline of a Sample Business Plan

Not sure how to format your business plan? Here are step-by-step instructions.

Why You Need a Business Plan

Think of it as a road map for your business future.

Mapping Your Route

Write a business plan to set you on the right course.

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