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Identify the key search words and concepts for your market 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.
    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 application 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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Standout Business Plan
Call Number: available as an ebook
ISBN: 9780814434123
Publication Date: 2014

Subject Guide

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Marcia Dellenbach

Business Plans Handbook

  • Business Plans Handbook Series
    Contains examples of how to structure and compose a business plan for a specific type of business. Use the "Search this Series" box to find which volume contains the needed information
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