Small Business Planning

The Ultimate Guide to Business Plans

A comprehensive guide to building your own business plan.

Several sample business plans.

Business Owners’ Idea Cafe

With its “Fun Approach to Serious Business”, Idea Cafe provides free online small business information for the startup and existing small business owners. Network with others in CyberSchmooz; learn how to finance your venture; follow the easy steps to startup; and much more on how to successfully run a small business.

The Remote Control CEO

Expert advice from world-known Greg Balanko-Dickson, a professional business coach who is also on the Board of Experts at The site includes many archived articles, business plans, and business buying advice.

The Center for Business Planning

Business Plan resources are key to your success. The Center for Business Planning provides any business manager or entrepreneur with a set of resources to help in creating a business or managing a business. Information is provided on every area of planning a business including: acquire venture capital, define new products, market analysis, competitive analysis, production management, tax problems, legal issues, prepare financial statements, write a business plan and much more.

Dun & Bradstreet

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) is the leading provider of business-to-business credit, marketing, purchasing, and receivables management and decision-support services worldwide.

Provides templates, “how-to’s”, and tools to get your business started.

Out of Your Mind… And Into The Marketplace

A small business publisher, business plan software developer, and consulting firm specializing in step-by-step “how-to” information for aspiring and current business owners. There are three basic components of all business ventures–the organizational, marketing, and financial areas. It is our goal to guide our clients in the understanding and interrelationship of these three areas, thus enabling them to create credible and defensible business plans that will serve as guides throughout the lives of their business.

Performance Consulting

Improve business performance through successful planning by using Performance Consulting. They offer business assessments, business planning, performance management, team development, etc, along with training and coaching.


PlanWare offers advice and tools for writing a business plan, making financial projections, business planning and developing business strategies. PlanWare is aimed at managers, professional advisers, business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses of all sizes.

Small Business Administration: Business Plan Outline

An outline for a business plan, with descriptive steps and methods.

Small Business Plan Guide

A reference on how to actually write out a business plan.


Website that offers a complete set of resources for individuals seeking to start a new business or develop ideas.

The Power of Relationships

Eric Groves of Constant Contact has organized a power point presentation on the power of relationships in small business. The presentation covers: Why business should invest in relationships, How electronic communications power relationship for just pennies per contact, What entrepreneurs need to do to get started, and How you can help them to do it right.

The University of Scranton 

The University of Scranton has provided an article: "Faculty Research: Using A Kaleidoscopic Approach to Business Planning" which will help in detailing the small business planning process. 

U.S. SBA – Small Business Planner

United States Small Business Administration Planner