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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Business Plan in a Day: Get it Done Right, Get it Done Fast Business Plan in a Day: Get it Done Right, Get it Done Fast 
Author: Rhonda Abrams with Julie Vallone
Call number: 658.4012 AB 2010
Description: Easy-to-use resource that provides worksheets and illustrations to guide the reader through the process of writing a business plan in a day. More...

How to Write a Business PlanHow to Write a Business Plan
Author: Brian Finch
Call number: 658.4012 FI 2010
Description: Leads the reader through each step, thoroughly covering all of the areas including sales forecasts, management skills, legal issues and much more. More...

Guide To Business PlanningGuide To Business Planning
Author: John Graham Friend and Stefan Zehle
Call number: 658.4012 FR 2009
Description: Having a business plan might be one of the best predictors of success in a small business. A step-by-step guide to help you write one. More...

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business PlansThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans
Author: Gwen Moran
Call number: 658.4012 MO 2010
Description: Another great book detailing how to writing a business plan, important decisions that must be made before beginning, and sample business plans. More...

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.