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Business Planning and Funding

Links to Further Information on Business Planning Concepts and Techniques

The sources below provide tools for use in developing successful business plans. Some of these include links or references to sample plans. Although some of these sources emphasize starting a new small business, the approaches and techniques are equally applicable to developing a new product line, such as a new technology in an existing company.


Resource

How to Write a Business Plan

Link

http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/s
tarting-managing-business/starting-business/writin
g-business-plan

Description

This web site describes the function and content of a business plan. The body of the business plan can be divided into four distinct sections: 1) the description of the business, 2) the marketing plan, 3) the financial management plan and 4) the management plan. Addenda to the business plan should include the executive summary, supporting documents and financial projections. The web site provides detailed outlines and suggestions for these sections.

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Resource

Services Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Link

http://www.score.org


U.S. Small Business Administration
409 Third Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416

Tel: (800) 634-0245
Fax: (202) 205-7636

E-mail: kenneth.yancy@sba.gov

Description

The SCORE Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE Association volunteers, working and retired executives and business owners, dedicate their time and expertise to serve as counselors to America's small businesses. Experts in accounting, finance, law, marketing, engineering, and retail provide free counseling and mentoring to entrepreneurs. More than 12,000 volunteer members provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. There are more than 750 counseling locations throughout the country. . Entrepreneurs and small business owners can contact their local SBA office or SCORE office to request a meeting with a counselor.

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Resource

National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)

Link

http://www.nbia.org/

Description

The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is a business enterprise developer. NBIA nurtures young firms, helping them to survive and grow during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. NBIA provides hands-on management assistance, access to financing and orchestrated exposure to critical business or technical support services. They also offer entrepreneurial firms shared office services, access to equipment, flexible leases and expandable space.

Resource

STrategic Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP)

Link

http://www.ecs.umass.edu/mie/labs/ceere/step.html

Description

The STrategic Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP) is an innovative effort begun in 1994 to promote the growth of new environmental and energy efficient technologies. STEP maximizes the existing resources of its partners -- the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the Executive Office of Economic Affairs and the University of Massachusetts system -- to keep Massachusetts a leader in environmental business and to allow Massachusetts citizens to reap the positive benefits associated with the success of these new envirotechnologies. STEP arose out of a desire to reduce the many uncertainties facing companies with innovative environmental and energy
technologies.

STEP services include:
Technology assessment (verification of the cost and performance of your technology);
Business support (the program begins all envirotechnology assessments with a business plan review and consultation is provided for innovators without a business plan);
Applied research and development (STEP funding has supported the development of
new research centers located throughout the many campuses of the University of Massachusetts;
Technology demonstration (Through the state brokered support of technology demonstrations, STEP helps promising new technologies gain the demonstration track record needed for financing, permitting, or commercialization);
Regulatory assistance and expedited permitting; and
Access to markets (domestically via an interstate agreement with California, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as abroad).

Resource

Why a Business Plan?

Link

http://www.morebusiness.com/getting_started/primer
/d984344113.brc

Description

This is an informative article for entrepreneurs revising plans, starting new ventures, or writing a new business plan for an existing venture. Business plans are a blueprint for the business. A business plan can help those just starting out define their potential markets, identify competitors and potential hurdles to the venture’s eventual success, and develop long- and short-term goals. They can help measure whether or not a business has met its original goals and stuck to its budgets, as well as find areas for improvement.

Resource

Morebusiness.com

Link

Morebusiness.com

Description

Commercial site with much free information on many related topics, such as planning, starting, funding, marketing, and managing a small business.

Resource

Writing a Business Plan (Bplans.com)

Link

http://bplans.com/dp/

Description

Commercial site with free information and items for sale. Includes software for preparing business plans, 60 sample business plans, and an online book on business planning.

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