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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 www.asbdc-us.org and searching for an office by ZIP code or by state.