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Assignment


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





Business Plan Help

Web resources that provide background information and give some sample business plans.

  • Bplans
    Background information on writing business and marketing plans, as well as samples.
  • Center for Business Planning
    Award-winning business plans written by students.
  • Entrepreneur
    Information about elements of a business plan from Entrepreneur magazine. Does not include templates or samples.
  • SBA.gov
    Information on business plans, as well as general information about starting a business from the Small Business Administration.
 

Overview

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

business history

market analysis

competition analysis

financial information

management structure

growth potential

strength and weakness analysis

 

 

E-Books on Business Plans

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.


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How to Write a Business Plan - Brian Finch
ISBN: 0749467118
Publication Date: 2013-03-03

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Marcia Dellenbach
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312 996 2726
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