Start with a business plan

Is running a business for you? Starting with a business plan is key to success.

A business plan is a detailed document outlining your business idea. It will assist the business owner in obtaining financing, foreseeing obstacles and develop strategies to achieve desired goals. The business plan is a dynamic document that identifies who, what, when, where and how your business will succeed.

The business plan should include:

  • summary and business strategy
  • analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT)
  • financial plan
  • marketing plan
  • operations and human resources strategy
  • business exit strategy
  • other topics

Resources for starting your business plan

The following organizations will assist you in preparing a business plan.

Last updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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