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Business Plans

This guides provides information on writing a business plan.

Topic Overviews

What is a Business Plan?

Start with this overview information from the library databases:

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Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

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The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Provides the essential knowledge you need to write a winning business plan – quickly and without fuss.

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Shapeholders

Today, all it takes is one organizational misstep to sink a company's reputation. Social media can be a strict ethical enforcer, with the power to convince thousands to boycott products and services.

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The Art of Opportunity

Innovate your way toward growth using practical, research-backed frameworks.

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Developing a Turnaround Business Plan

An ideal resource for managers currently facing a competitive crisis as well as those who wish to avert one and must set a turnaround plan in motion before the situation results in irreversible losses. 

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting Your Own Business

Contains completely refreshed content and as well as new components that feature the basics of creating a web strategy, even for businesses that aren't focused on web commerce.

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Design a Better Business

This book stitches together a complete design journey from beginning to end in a way that you've likely never seen before, guiding readers step-by-step in a practical way from the initial spark of an idea all the way to scaling it into a better business. 

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How to Create a Successful Business Plan

This book is about dynamic planning for businesses and provides a structured approach to business planning that focuses on the main components of the business model, while addressing key issues often raised by investors and potential business partners.