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Resources for Entrepreneurs Writing a Business Plan

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Writing a business plan can seem intimidating. If you aren’t solving a problem for your customers, you don’t have a business.

How to Write the Competition Section of Your Business Plan

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That happened with television, fax, cell phones, web streaming, and many other disruptive technologies. Every good business has competition.

How and Where to Write About Technology in Your Business Plan

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Often, a business plan introduces a new technology that requires some explaining. It’s a business plan, not a term paper or thesis.

What Makes a Successful Business Plan?

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Every year, I spend a lot of time reading and judging  business plans for business plan competitions.

How to Write a Business Plan for an Artist’s Business

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“But how can I write a business plan? I’m an artist.” You don’t plan to pay your rent and other expenses? Hats off.

Pull Investors to Your Business Plan With a Summary

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You may have already found several articles, web pages, or books about writing the perfect executive summary. Business model.

Business Model vs. Business Plan vs. Business Planning

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Tweet What’s a business model? How does it relate to a business plan? Or, better yet, business planning?

How to Create an Enchanting Business Plan #OfficeandGuyK

How to Change the World

Here is the second post in my series about planning, pitching, and launching a new business venture. Make it a solo effort.

Don't write a business plan

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

"You need a business plan" is the mantra of MBA types. As they say , businesses don't plan to fail, they fail to plan!

10 Things That Make a Business Plan NOT Fundable


I really like Martin Zwilling’s post here yesterday, 10 things that make a business plan fundable. Problems with the founders.

How To Build a Web Startup – Lean LaunchPad Edition

Steve Blank

As part of our Lean LaunchPad  classes at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and for the National Science Foundation, students build a startup in 8 weeks using Business Model Design + Customer Development. One of the problems they run into is building a web site. What are the steps in building a web site?” Step 2.

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3 Types of Export Business Plans

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Now you’re ready to get organized and create your own plan. The traditional-export business plan. The Laurel export business plan.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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remember going to an Under the Radar conference in 2006 in the heat of the Web 2.0 Cisco and others went out to fill out their Web 2.0

Do I need a website? Web presence planning for new companies

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Having a website can go a long way in helping to promote and grow your business. Pros                      . Lots of potential customers.

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How To Incorporate Social Media Into Your Business Plan

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Online buzz about social media for business owners seems to be moving from “Should I” to “How do I?” I’ve been working on this a lot lately as part of my work on planning, and I’ve developed this process for a specific social media plan for small business: Start with strategy. And that, all together, is a plan.

“The business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: Take X and add AI.”

Chris Dixon

Kevin Kelly thinks artificial intelligence is finally ready deliver on its promise: The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. Everything that we formerly electrified we will now cognitize.

How and Why to Develop a Competitive Matrix for Your Plan or Pitch

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The competitive matrix is important in a business plan for several reasons. Place it in your plan where it achieves your business goal.

Born Global or Die Local – Building a Regional Startup Playbook

Steve Blank

Not all start ups want to go in that direction – some will opt instead to become a small business. ———-. entrants.)

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Plan A Web Development Business – Part #1

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I didn’t start with a plan. In 2006, I began accepting new web development clients. Business boomed. Planning is important.”

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Submitting a Request for Proposal to a Web Developer

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Entrepreneurs usually have grand visions for the ultimate web/mobile project they are committed to launching. Business name. Email.

8 Secrets to Creating Successful Web Apps

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Of course you’ll still need to focus on the marketing aspect of your web app. Rigid Plans Fail. Plan for Updates. Define Success.

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Should You Stick to the Plan or Change It?

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Is it time for Plan B? The monthly review meeting is absolutely essential to real business planning. Strategy takes time.

Business Plan Review: Share the Air

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Tweet A few weeks ago a co-worker sent me an instant message: “You’ve got to watch this business plan pitch. So slim it down.

Killing Your Startup By Listening to Customers

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Then I asked, “Satish, what’s your business model? What’s your business model? Business Model versus Business Plan Customer Development

How to Forecast Sales

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First, allow me to deal with a very common problem: Business owners are often afraid to forecast sales. Not all businesses have direct costs.

Two Giant Steps Forward For Entrepreneurs

Steve Blank

Integrates Alexander Osterwalders “Business Model Canvas” as the front-end and “scorecard” for the customer discovery process. Provides separate paths and advice for web/mobile products versus physical products. Startups search for business models, exisitng companies execute them. Let me be brief…. Lessons Learned.

10 Preparation Steps to Win an Angel Investment

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Here is my list of top ten action items to best prepare you for success in achieving a funding event with angels: Incorporate the business now.

A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1

Steve Blank

We were positing that 20 years of teaching “how to write a business plan” might be obsolete. Startups, What if I was wrong? The Teams.

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Write Down these 10 “Musts” Before You Open Your Business Door

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Studies show that at least 50% of all businesses go “belly up” within five years of their start-ups. Everyone else, including your target market, may not be so “attached.” Is there really a need for what you plan to offer? Your business budget should be realistic and should have some reserve built in. all over the web.

What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started My Business

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If you’re about to start a business, you’ve probably read several how-to books looking for advice on how to be successful.

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Why Every Business Needs To Become A Platform, And How To Do It


What’s the hottest trend in business right now? To stay competitive, businesses have to learn to leverage the power of platforms.

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The Business Plan is Dead; Long Live the Business Plan.

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skip to main | skip to sidebar 10 August 2009 The Business Plan is Dead; Long Live the Business Plan! Recommended.

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10 Things Every Small Business Needs To Do

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Most of the challenges in starting a business relate back to doing the little things right. You need to engage in Lean Planning.

Introducing Lean Planning: How to plan less and grow faster

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Today, I want to introduce you to a new concept for starting and growing successful companies: Lean Planning™. Lean Planning is born.

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The 7 key components of a perfect elevator pitch

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An elevator pitch can be delivered either verbally, ideally in 60 seconds or less, or as a one-page overview of your business. Simple as that.

Top 5 Reasons to Include Email Marketing in Your Business Plan

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Venture Capitalists and financial institutions are extremely reticent to fund new enterprises unless they are confronted with bulletproof arguments as to the company’s success, leaving entrepreneurs scrambling for ammunition to prove that their business plan is the bomb. Return on Investment. Immediacy. Efficacy. Period.

How to Forecast Sales

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You measure the value of a sales forecast like you do anything in business, by its measurable business results. Writing a Business Plan

Is My Company’s Web Site Guarded Against Hackers?

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businesses, 90 percent of respondents reported their organizations’ computers had been breached at least once by hackers over a one-year period.

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

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For policy makers, the first order of business is to methodically think through which of these entrepreneurial paths they want to help and grow.

When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary?

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You may be the last on your list of creditors when you’re just starting a business, but at some stage, you’ve got to start earning yourself.