Creating a Business Plan


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Creating a business plan can be a daunting task, especially when you are staring at a blank sheet of paper. A business plan template can make the task much easier by guiding you through the questions to be answered and the research needed to develop the plan. Not all business plans are alike, but they all contain most of the same components. 

Business Plan Topics

  • Cover Page
  • Executive Summary
  • Description of the Business
  • Type of Legal Organization
  • Ownership
  • Funding Needed
  • Vision and Mission Statement
  • Short Term Goals (less than 12 months)
  • Long Term Goals
  • SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
  • Industry Characteristics
  • Customer Demographics, Psychographics, and Geographic Area
  • List of Competitors and their Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Sales Projection Supporting Data
  • Marketing 

Our consultants can access University and organizational partner databases to help with the research for your business plan.  

Business Plan Template

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