Anatomy of a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Business and Securing Your Company's Future

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Praise for previous editions: "It's still one of the best books on the basics of putting together a thoughtful, thorough and professional business plan." Inc. magazine

What does it take to succeed in starting and running a small business? All the experts advise writing a business plan to map the trajectory of a new or existing venture. Even though writing a plan may seem like an intimidating undertaking, with the right help, anyone can do it. For expert guidance to take ...

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Overview

Praise for previous editions: "It's still one of the best books on the basics of putting together a thoughtful, thorough and professional business plan." Inc. magazine

What does it take to succeed in starting and running a small business? All the experts advise writing a business plan to map the trajectory of a new or existing venture. Even though writing a plan may seem like an intimidating undertaking, with the right help, anyone can do it. For expert guidance to take advantage of powerful business-building opportunities, the latest edition of the bestselling Anatomy of a Business Plan offers step-by-step, proven advice.

Updated with the latest changes affecting small businesses through 2005, the sixth edition also includes a new resource section to help businesses research financial and marketing information. Three complete sample business plans, along with the blank forms to create a plan, make this a hands-on, user-friendly guide.

Designed for beginning and growth-oriented entrepreneurs, or for those ready to move their dream businesses into action, it includes complete templates to:

* Develop an executive summary that grabs attention.

* Envision the organizational plan to lay the groundwork for success.

* Create the marketing plan that powers growth.

* Build for the future with airtight financial documentation. While Anatomy of a Business Plan is ideal for entrepreneurs at all levels, it is also used in classrooms, workshops, and training. Many corporations use it to help their divisions, departments, and subsidiaries develop plans for new business expansion and growth. Once written, a plan is only effective when put touse! Guidelines for packaging and updating the plan complete the picture, so that any business leader can create a living, accessible plan to support long-term success.


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"One of the newest-and best-on the topic."
Library Journal
Recent books such as Mark Stevens's Macmillan Small Business Handbook ( LJ 2/15/89) and Joseph R. Mancuso's Small Business Resource Guide ( LJ 9/15/88) have sections on how to prepare the business plan; the value of this book is that the business plan is its primary focus. ``The business that fails to plan, plans to fail,'' say the authors. Each chapter outlines and describes components of the business plan and presents a sample of each section. Helpful also is the glossary; names and addresses of selected agencies; and a bibliography of publications. Recommended to public and academic business collections.-- Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793146000
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Pinson is a nationally recognized speaker, award-winning author, educator, consultant and expert in the areas of small business planning and financial management. Author of numerous bestselling titles for entrepreneurs, she has also developed the popular ""Automate Your Business Plan"" software to accompany the bestselling Anatomy of a Business Plan. A member of the U.S. Small Business Advisory Council for the past five years, she is an active speaker at the Association of Small Business Development Centers annual conferences and has served as delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Business plan considerations 1
Ch. 2 The cover sheet and table of contents 15
Ch. 3 Executive summary 19
Ch. 4 Part I : the organizational plan 25
Ch. 5 Part II : the marketing plan 37
Ch. 6 Part III : financial documents 71
Ch. 7 Supporting documents 113
Ch. 8 U. S. Tax information 121
Ch. 9 Packaging your plan and keeping it up-to-date 129
Ch. 10 U.S. and international business research resources 135
App. I Marine art of California business plan 147
App. II Dayne landscaping, Inc. business plan 191
App. III Wholesale mobile homes.com, Inc. business plan 229
App. IV Blank forms and worksheets 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    Outstanding Business Planning Book

    If you are looking for a straight forward how-to on business plans, this book is your one-stop! I highly recommend this book to anyone that is serious about taking their plan to the next level.

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