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Starting a Business

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.
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Perhaps you're starting your first business. Maybe you've been in business for a few years but you need to find outside financing. Or perhaps you just want to create a roadmap, setting strong goals and deadlines for your business. Whatever your situation, you've found that it's time to create a business plan. And you've come to the right place to get started.

Business Plans Made Easy
A no-nonsense guide for creating and using successsful business plans
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Packed with everything you need to know about writing a business plan, this is your launching point to getting all those amazing ideas down on paper. From business plan basics to preliminary research to the seven essential elements of a business plan, we've got it covered. For inspiration, we've included a sample business plan for you to peruse. And when you sit down ready to start, we've got an extensive resource section so you can find the help you need to get going and get it done.

The Definition Of A Business Plan

Plan Your Plan

Elements Of A Business Plan

Get Help With Your Plan

  • Government Agencies
  • State Commerce and Economic Development Departments
  • Software and Books
  • Associations
  • Hiring A Consultant

Sample Business Plan

Source:The Small Business Encyclopedia, Business Plans Made Easy, Start Your Own Business andEntrepreneur magazine.

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