This week’s Friday Focus is on business plans, which are essential for anyone planning to start their own business as they are often required to secure startup funding from banks and venture capitalists. Luckily, there are many great resources available to entrepreneurs to help them research and write their own business plans.
- The classic article on writing business plans is William A. Sahlman’s “How to Write a Great Business Plan” which appeared in the July/ August 1997 issue of the Harvard Business Review, pages 98-109.
- The Entrepreneurship Research Guide on the Brock Library website contains a tab of resources on Business Plans including links to sources of sample business plans and guides on writing business plans.
- The Library recently purchased five additional volumes in the Business Plans Handbook series, which is available online via the Gale Virtual Reference Library database. Our ebook holdings in the Business Plans Handbook series now include volumes 11-21. Each volume of the Business Plans Handbook includes 25 sample business plans based on actual small businesses located in North America.
For additional help on researching your business plan, please refer to the Entrepreneurship Research Guide, which includes information on conducting company and industry research, on finding market data sources, and links to guides on starting specific types of businesses (such as restaurants).