Your business plan is a document that should grow with your business. It should undergo constant revisions as your business evolves and expands.
Seven Things Your Business Plan Will Do For You
- First and foremost - be a reality check! It will force you to identify your business strengths and weaknesses.
- Help you figure out your budget.
- Provide a clear direction, which can keep you focused and help eliminate stress.
- Be your timetable for operations, and help you coordinate all the diverse activities that go into running your business.
- Serve as a resume when you seek lenders, suppliers, investors or partners.
- Ensure you evaluate the market for your product or services and size up the competition.
- Provide a clear starting point for future business planning.
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Sample Business Plans
This site offers a selection of free sample business plans, as well as articles on business planning. Bplans.com also sells business planning software.
Business Plans and Profiles Index
Created by the Business Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. This index lists types of small businesses and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry.
Business Plans Handbook, Gale Publishing
This is a database of actual business plans written by North American entrepreneurs seeking financing for their businesses. Includes examples of many start-up business ideas. Access is available through many BC public libraries, made possible by a generous donation from the Sutherland Foundation. Affiliates of UBC can start here.
Center for Business Planning
The MOOT CORP® Competition simulates entrepreneurs asking investors for funding. On this site you find business plans presented by MBAs from the best business schools in the world.
Futurpreneur - Business Plan Writer
An interactive, online, tool that allows you to customize your business plan. Includes tips & tricks and can be downloaded to a word, excel or PDF file.
Business Development Canada (BDC) - Business Plan Template
This is one of the best downloadable business plan templates. The business plan contains 2 sections, with a glossary and user guide.
Service Corps of Retired Executives for Startup Businesses - Business Plan Template
This is a solid, easy to use template from Microsoft Office Online. Compatible with Word 97 or higher.
Canada Business Site
An excellent source for financing, permit, and business planning information. Includes a complete list of useful templates.
General Business Planning Help
Small Business BC (SBBC)
SBBC is a great place to start for information on BC specific regulations and guidelines, for whatever stage you are in your business development. This is a great post on the topic.
They have their own business plan resource guide available here
An excellent collection of free resources for entrepreneurs on diverse subjects. Of particular interest are the How-To Guides, templates and samples, and business calculators. They also offer low-cost video training.
Small Business Planner, the US Small Business Administration (SBA)
This website includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle. Watch their eight part series of business planning videos here.
Business Owner's Toolkit
The Small Business Guide offered here is a comprehensive set of tools to help plan and execute on your business plan. Some of the resources are aimed at US business owners, but most of the content applies generally to businesses operating in British Columbia and elsewhere.
Now its time to start researching your industry, competitors and consumers. Go to our collection of Accelerator Guides to get started.