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Business Plans

Nov 12, 2009
Q: I need to create a business plan. Where can I find help to get it done?

A: Looking at actual business plans is a good way to understand what you need.

You can find sample plans online at these sites:

You’ll discover that a plan can run from 10 or 12 pages for a general business overview to 50 pages or more for a full-blown business plan.

Once you decide how extensive you need your plan to be, you can decide what kind of plan to pursue. You might need a simple plan with a general outline, which you can find online. Or you might need a detailed plan with financial templates for budgeting, which means you’ll probably need to buy a software program.

The consultants at ShopTalk 800 will be happy to help you evaluate which type of plan you need and suggest a specific direction for you to follow.

No matter which type of plan you settle on, you can get one-on-one assistance to develop your plan from a Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDCs are part of the U.S. Small Business Administration. You can find an SBDC office near you by going to and searching for an office by ZIP code or by state.

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