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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.


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.

Subject Guide

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Business Plans Handbook