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Business Plans

Having a plan when starting a business is paramount to finding success. Find out what you need here.

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5 Ways to Ready Yourself to Launch Your Dream Business in 2021
By Andrew Martins | December 21, 2020

Starting your dream business in 2021 could get kickstarted by doing these five simple actions today.

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How to Choose a Company Name
By Jennifer Post | December 16, 2020

The name of your company defines your brand. Here's how to make a choice that works for your business.

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Market Research Guide for Business Owners
By Adam Uzialko | November 20, 2020

Market research is an important part of a business plan and should serve to guide your business as it grows.

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5 Steps for Writing an Executive Summary
By Skye Schooley | September 15, 2020

Learn what to include in your executive summary and how to go about writing one.

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Should You Designate Your Business as a Sole Proprietorship?
By Andrew Martins | September 11, 2020

Is a sole proprietorship right for you? Learn more about this business structure.

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How to Conduct a Market Analysis for Your Business
By Kiely Kuligowski | August 03, 2020

A market analysis can help you identify how to better position your business to be competitive and serve your customers.

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The Pros and Cons of Business Partnerships
By Skye Schooley | July 16, 2020

Is a business partnership right for you?

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How to Do a Competitive Analysis
By Skye Schooley | June 30, 2020

Learn the best way to conduct a competitor analysis, and how it can help you improve your products or services.

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10 Things to Do Before Opening a Salon
By Sammi Caramela | June 16, 2020

If you're thinking about opening a salon, these 10 tips will be critical in helping you develop an effective, successful business plan.

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Free Business Plan Templates for Startups
By Jennifer Post | March 17, 2020

Every new business needs a business plan to guide its growth. These free business plan templates will help you get started.

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How to Write the Financial Section of a Business Plan
By Joshua Stowers | February 06, 2020

The financial section of your business plan is crucial to recruiting investors and lenders.

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10 Challenges of Writing a Business Plan
By Skye Schooley | January 22, 2020

Resolve the most common challenges of writing a business plan.

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Writing a Business Plan? Do These 5 Things First
By Howard Wen | January 14, 2020

Are you ready to write a business plan and launch your new company? Follow these five steps to ensure your business plan is comprehensive.

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The Power That Small Businesses Wield
By Skye Schooley | January 03, 2020

Small businesses significantly impact big businesses. As a small business owner, learn how to use that influence to your advantage.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Writing a Great Business Plan
By Sean Peek | December 23, 2019

A business plan is your roadmap to success. Here are key tips for writing a good one

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Simple Business Plan Templates for Entrepreneurs
By Sean Peek | December 18, 2019

To make your business idea a reality, you need a business plan. These simple business plan templates will get you started.

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National Business Plan Competitions for Entrepreneurs
By Joshua Stowers | November 17, 2019

Want to be the best entrepreneur? Find out how to win the next business plan competition.

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How to Run a Business in Florida
By Adam Uzialko | June 20, 2019

What do you need to know to run a small business in Florida?

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Make Sustainability Part of Your Business Model
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 25, 2019

Developing a business with sustainability at its core can provide several benefits down the line, like operating under a shared mission or authentic marketing.

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6 Questions Every Business Plan Should Answer
By Business News Daily Editor | January 23, 2019

What investors, mentors and advisers look for in business plans.

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The Skinny Business Plan
By Business News Daily Editor | January 17, 2019

You might need a detailed business plan for investors, but for the vast majority of small businesses, the new business plan is on a diet.

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The Best Online Business Plans
By Chad Brooks | January 11, 2019

Creating a business plan is easier than ever...

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Free Business Plan Templates for Startups
By Jennifer Post | December 11, 2018

Every new business needs a business plan to guide its growth. These free business plan templates will help you get started.

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Your Small Business Needs a Corporate Social Responsibility Report
By Carlyann Edwards | June 15, 2018

Corporate social responsibility can help small businesses improve profits, be more productive and expand brand awareness, but only if you tell people your policies.

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Business Plan Tools for Startups and Small Businesses
By Sara Angeles | May 04, 2018

There are many ways to create a business plan. Here are business plan templates, software, apps and services to help you get started.

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Behind the Business Plan: Getable
By Adam Uzialko | November 18, 2017

Founder Tim Hyer goes Behind the Business Plan to discuss Getable's birth and success in leasing construction equipment.

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Could 'Doing Good' Be Bad for Your Business?
By Chad Brooks | June 09, 2017

A new study finds that businesses implementing socially responsible initiatives hurts their bottom line.

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Behind the Business Plan: Luca + Danni
By Adam Uzialko | May 24, 2016

Fred Magnanimi goes behind the business plan to discuss his handcrafted jewelry manufacturer, Luca + Danni, which he founded as a tribute to his brother, whom passed away after a year-long fight with...

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Behind the Business Plan: Little Earth Productions
By Adam Uzialko | April 06, 2016

Ava DeMarco, co-founder of Little Earth Productions, shares the story of how the sports apparel manufacturer grew from a backyard startup to a thriving business.