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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When a Business Plan Fails

Not sure why your plan isn't getting you anywhere? Check out what you should and shouldn't do.

Updating Your Business Plan

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

Business Plan Risks

How to present your business risks without scaring away investors

Preparing for a Business Plan Presentation

Win over investors by knowing your business plan inside out.

Elements of a Business Plan

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.

Tips for Crafting a Great Business Plan

Need a business plan but your writing is less than award winning? Here are a few tips on how to create a masterpiece.

Why You Must Have a Business Plan

It's more than a tool for getting funding. Think of it as the road map to your business's future.

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.

Creating a Business Plan That's You

Your business plan is your business plan--so make sure it doesn't read like a template.

Does It Pay to Hire a Business Plan Consultant?

Hiring a consultant shouldn't take the place of your own understanding of your business plan.

Smart Tips for Writing Your Business Plan

8 ideas for creating a plan that'll help you successfully reach your business goals

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.

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

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