Business Plans

Small Business Resource Center of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

A business plan lays out your goals for the business, provides evidence supporting why the goals are attainable and explains how you plan on attaining these goals. Please check out the resources below that are provided to help you get started.

*All books listed are located at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.
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Book Jacket for: Creating business plans : gather your resources, describe the opportunity, get buy-in.Creating Business Plans - Quickly walks you through the basics of writing a business plan.

Book Jacket for: Write your business plan : get your plan in place and your business off the groundWrite Your Business Plan - Coached by a diverse group of experts and successful business owners, gain an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture, and what it takes ensure success. Plus, learn from real-world examples of plans that worked, helping to raise money, hone strategy, and build a solid business.

Book Jacket for: The business plan coachThe Business Plan Coach - By the end of this book you will have an outstanding business plan ready to pitch for investment.

Book Jacket for: Writing a convincing business planWriting a Convincing Business Plan - A sound and convincing business plan is an entrepreneur's important first step in starting up a profitable business. It's also a prerequisite for getting financing and attracting investors. A sound business plan describes the business operations and goals, analyses and forecasts markets and sales, sets up operating and marketing plans and schedules, and estimates operating expenses. This book shows how to organise and write a logical, business-savvy, and professionally polished business plan that can be presented to potential investors and financial institutions.

Suggested Links's Business Plan Writing
Frequently asked questions are answered; critical steps in creating a business plan; mission statements and how to get investors interested.

Business Plans and Profiles Index
This index has a listing of different types of small businesses and corresponding sample plans, profiles and/or books about the type of business. Listings that are actual sample plans are in bold print. Creating Your Business Plan
A thorough site on creating a business plan. Includes an overview of business plans, planning it out, the different elements of a business plan, where and how to receive help, and a sample business plan. also has handy cost calculators to help determine start-up costs, cash flow, break-even, monthly profits, etc.

Mastercard's The Plan: A Step-By-Step Business Plan Workbook
A free workbook that presents the components of a good plan, a step-by-step guide and a handy checklist.

New York Public Library's SBRC Business Owner's Manual: Writing a Business Plan
Another guide to help you through the process. This one might be a little less in-depth, but is still worth checking out for its insight.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Business Plan Basics
Produced by the Federal government, this site is a guide to business plans, how to write and use them, and it also includes many sample business plans.


Note: These are only some of the library's books on marketing for businesses. To find others, do a keyword search using the subject "business plans". You can narrow your search results by location in the top left corner.