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Writing a Business Plan (to Start)

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On August 21, 2015
Why do I need a business plan? A well-written business plan improves your probability of success by helping you evaluate the feasibility of your business idea in an objective way. The plan is much like a road map for your business and helps you identify opportunities, avoid mistakes, and develop production, administrative and marketing plans, […]
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Writing a Business Plan (for Growth)

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On January 15, 2015
I’m already in business. Why do I need a business plan? A business plan provides a reference for determining the degree of success of your business efforts. It should be periodically updated to reflect your current situation. It can be a helpful tool for developing a marketing plan, expanding your current business or obtaining capital […]
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Writing Your Own Business Plan Critical for Success

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On March 12, 2012
As a small business consultant, I often hear both aspiring and existing business owners ask the question, “Where can I find someone to write my business plan?” This question comes from a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of the plan. Too often people who are trying to start a business and even those already in […]
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Business Plan Key to Success

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On February 21, 2011
I remember hearing self-development expert Wayne Dyer talk about success. One of his key points that resonated with me was that with all dreams “you must believe it before you see it.” That especially holds true in business. An owner must believe in his company’s success before he can lead others down the road to […]
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Effective Strategic Planning for Small Businesses

  • Posted by Geoffrey Loften
  • On July 9, 2019
We recently closed out the 1st half of the year and many small businesses are currently in the process of forecasting for the balance of 2019.  Many savvy small businesses understand the value of revisiting their strategic plan at the mid-year point. Those small businesses are asking themselves relevant questions such as what went right during […]
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New Entrepreneurs Need More Than Just a Plan to Build a Successful Business

  • Posted by Stacy Johnson
  • On December 21, 2018
A business plan is just the first step to realizing a successful business. Successful entrepreneurs also need local resources, practical business knowledge (or access to it), and a network of colleagues to rely on. Our StartSMART class is more than just a business planning class, it delivers everything a new entrepreneur needs to build a […]
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