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  • Bankable Business Plans REF HD30.28 .R644 2007
    This book was written with one central purpose: to guide you through the process of creating a bankable business plan, so you can obtain the resources you need to start, build, or buy a business. A bankable business plan is one that attracts the approval and financing for your venture by addressing the needs of bankers and other investors while still accomplishing your own goals.
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  • Business Plans Handbook: A Compilation of Actual Business Plans Developed by Small Businesses Throughout North America REF HD62.7 .B865 (12 volumes)
    An instructional Foreword, written by an expert in business planning, offering advice on the most effective way to approach your business plan, providing sources that business owners need to consult in order to be well-informed, and explaining the process in easy-to-understand steps; 33 real business plans, providing examples of what entrepreneurs have done; A directory of all 750 Small Business Development Centers in the U.S. with full contact information; A Glossary of Small Business Terms; A Bibliography, citing sources mentioned in the Foreword for easy follow-up and further reading.
    >>Volumes 13, 14 and 15 are available in electronic book form in Electronic Book Center. See Business Plan Resources: Electronic Books page for access information.
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  • The Business Plan Workbook: The Definitive Guide to Researching, Writing Up and Presenting a Winning Plan REF HD30.28 .B3685 2008
    The Business Plan Workbook
    has established itself as the essential guide to all aspects of business planning for entrepreneurs, senior executives and students alike. Based on methodology developed at Cranfield School of Management and using successful real-life business plan, The Business Plan Workbook brings together the process and procedures required to produce that persuasive plan. The step-by-step approach covers all the key topics, including: Validating your business idea; Examples from the plans of successful entrepreneurs; Practical ways to research your market; Developing your market strategy; Raising finance; Building a website; Keeping the books; Controlling the business; Writing up and presenting your business plan; Links to free business spreadsheets and online tools. The many examples have been fully updated and include a cross-section of businesses at various stages in their development, making the book invaluable reading for anyone in business.
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  • How to Write a Business Plan REF HD30.28 .M3839 2007
    Shows you how to make realistic financial projections, develop effective marketing strategies and refine your overall business goals. Learn how to: Figure out if your business idea will make money; Estimate operating expenses; Prepare cash flow and profit and loss forecasts; Determine assets, liabilities and net worth; Find potential sources of financing; Present your plan to lenders and investors; Make money on your first day of operation. Provides a CD-ROM with spreadsheets that help you determine and forecast cash flow, financial statements, sales revenue, and profit and loss. It also provides three sample business plans you can modify for your own use.
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  • Preparing Effective Business Plans: An Entrepreneurial Approach REF HD30.28 .B36837 2009
    The objectives of this book are twofold. The first objective is to help students and others learn how to write a business plan. This book provides step-by-step instructions for writing a plan. Second, the book immerses its reader in the process of thinking through the issues that are important in starting a business. This objective may be the most compelling advantage of the book. A full business plan is written, chapter-by-chapter, as an example through the course of the book. The issues that are considered in writing this plan provide a template for others to use as they consider their own business ventures and write their own business plan.
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  • Writing a Convincing Business Plan REF HD30.28 .D477 2008
    A how-to book for practitioners. it is designed and written as a comprehensive tutorial for understanding how business planning is done, what information is needed to do it, where this information is found, and how it is organized and written. The book addresses the needs of both the new entrepreneur and the veteran manager faced with the prospect of preparing a complete business plan or any of its parts. A number of attractive features combine to make this an easy-to-read authoritative guide to the how and why of business plan preparation. Included among these helpful features are: Real-world examples of prepared business plan components; Detailed illustrations of business plan tools and techniques; A comprehensive list of the major sources of industry, market, and competitive information as well as explanations of how they are used; Guideline questions for each business plan component that help identify the factors that should be gathered to prepare the business plan; A glossary of definitions and explanations of key business terms and concepts.
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