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•Identify the key search words and databases for your market, industry and consumer analysis
•Identify the industry sector of your business
Identify trends in that industry and the economy as a whole
Identify the consumer demographics
Identify and analyze the competition
Web resources that provide background information and give some sample business plans.
Background information on writing business and marketing plans, as well as samples.
- Center for Business Planning
Award-winning business plans written by students.
Information about elements of a business plan from Entrepreneur magazine. Does not include templates or samples.
Information on business plans, as well as general information about starting a business from the Small Business Administration.
A business plan is a formal, written document which includes a financial and market analysis of the business. These plans are often developed as part of the loan applicaion or as a means of formally analyzing a business enterprise. Business plans usually include:
description of the product or service
strength and weakness analysis
Find books about writing a business plan in the UIC catalog by searching under the keywords "business plans". Following are some that are avaialable online.
Business Plan Handbook
Publication Date: 2012
Includes a general template, as well as specific plans for about 25 types of companies.