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Start Your Own Business / Biz Resource Center: Business Planning

Use this guide to find information on starting a business.

Business Planning

What does it take to start a business? What do you need to know? How does an idea become a plan?

Business Plan Structure

  1. Executive Summary
    What is your overall plan?
  2. Business Desc​ription
    What is your business?
  3. Market Analysis
    What is the current state of your industry? Who is your competition? Who is your target market?
  4. Marketing & Sales
    What is your product or service? Why do your customers need or want it?
  5. Management
    What is the management plan and structure?
  6. Operations
    What labor, facilities, equipment, and materials are required for your product or service?
  7. Finance 
    How will you fund the company? What are your current and future financial projections?

Business Planning Websites

Books @ The Bailey Library

Free e-Courses for Entrepreneurs

Business Plan Competitions

Sample Business Plans & Canvases

Franchise Websites