The Business Plan
The Business Plan
The SBA provides a tutorial designed to help you understand the purpose and importance of a business plan, outline the components of the plan and types of information included in it, and provide you with additional resources for guidance in creating your own business plan.
60 Sample Business Plans
The SBA and Palo Alto Software have compiled Sample Business Plans, which are available for review online and revision with Business Plan Pro Software. Business Plan Pro is available for order through this site and the includes over 400 other sample plans.
Business Growth Resources
Managing Your Business
The United States Small Business Administration's webpage for managing your business provides comprehensive information on topics including management for growth, leadership, marketing and sales, financing, strategic planning, technology, special iterests and taxes. With links to online courses, libraries, online universities and colleges, online help and national training event days, the US SBA site is a practical tool for small business owners at any level.
Business Owner's Toolkit
This toolkit is a comprehensive answer to the small business owner's questions and concerns. The site provides top business headlines, free downloads, an advice columnist, free e-mail based training courses, a monthly newsletter and links to more detailed sites on specific topics from controlling your taxes to understanding the financial statement.
The Café hosts active forums, free templates, relevant FAQs, business outlines and technical explanations for business terms and procedures. The site addresses topics as specific as how to start a wedding planning business to as general as how to successfully work at home. Idea Café provides insight into breaking technology, links to free publications, ideas for how to relax and be more productive at work, and links to hundreds of other resources.
From office leasing to dealing with personal and family matters when mixed with business, the site offers detailed articles that address common business issues. AllBusiness lists extensive directories of online resources for business aid. Business forms for purchase are also available from this site.
Market Research on the Web
Wilsonweb has links to scores of publications and thousands of articles on the web; some articles are fee based or require registration, others are free. With thousands of links and articles, the site is searchable by topic and keyword for assisted navigation.
The Small Business Development Center's Human Resources page is a helpful tool for orienting a small business owner in employee management and the how to obtain the services one must provide for employees. This site also acts as a reference page for those familiar with employee management, as it contains links to handbooks, competative salary listings for various markets and occupations and publications containing breaking trends and developments in human resources.
The SBA's Employee Handbook is full of policy suggestions and examples of handbook pages. The site lists dozens of scenarios and ideas for your consideration in planning the rules and regulations of your employee management.
Selling Goods and Services to the Government
Selling goods and services to the government has special regulations and rules that business owners must be aware of upon bidding for a contract. This site helps business owner become aware of and understand the basics, the rules, opportunities, size standards, contract proposals and special interest initiatives the government has to offer.
American Fact Finder
The US Census provides information as up to date as monthly by nation, state, county and zip code. Business, geographic and governmental statistics, in addition to population data, are accessible in downloadable format.
ESRI Business Solutions
ESRI offers subscription services for ordering data sets and detailed maps for your business market. Thematic maps, shaded geographic maps and a variety of other resources can be purchased or put directly on your website. Community info sheets from economic development to retail data are also available.
EASI has resources for priced and free demographics for your business market. The free ring studies include population, households, race, ethnicity, age distribution, income distribution, and some key EASI weather data. EASI claims these data sets are most helpful to analysts, consultants, retailers, franchisers, bankers, real estate executives, and others interested in a small area geographic analysis.
An archive of demographic reports, this Small Business Development Center site has over fifty links to various statistical breakdowns and analyses of demographic reports. For gaining perspective of your target market or investigating the success rate of small businesses in a particular zip code, this site can help you find the information you need.
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