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William M. White Business Library



Business Plans Resource Guide                                    

Online Resources

Leeds School of Business Deming Startup
DemingStartup.net is a resource for students, professionals and entrepreneurs at any stage in their development as business-minded individuals. Whether you're learning about entrepreneurship, launching a startup or joining a team of "intrapreneurs" in a corporate setting, the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship has collected and curated some of its most useful tools and resources for your use. Of particular interest might be their Business Plans resources.
Business Plans Handbook
(Campus-wide/Remote Access) This resource provides access to a collection of actual business plans. It started as a print series, and still contains actual business plans compiled by and aimed at entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses in the North America. Plans come from business in manufacturing, retail and service industries, with names and addresses changed. In addition there are business plan templates, fictional business plans, listings of organizations, agencies and consultants, glossaries, and biographies. This is a link to all the volumes in this series, you can search within the series in the box on the left or use the facets to narrow the results to the materials you are interested in.
Business Plans and Profiles Index
This index from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburg lists types of small businesses and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry. Entries that refer to actual sample plans are in bold print. If the plan or profile is online, a link is provided. Search Chinook to see if we copies of the titles in print.
This web site is designed to centralize the many sources of information on businesses for the United States. The section on starting a business will be the most relevant for designing a business plan, but there are also information on expanding your business, exporting, and funding.

ImagineNations Network

The ImagineNations Network is a global initiative to promote entrepreneurship across the world. They have gathered together resources from a variety of sources on topics such as business planning, social responsibility and marketing.

Starting & Managing a Business
This U.S. Small Business Administration site is an excellent source for information about starting or expanding a business. Its website includes a business plan template. There is also a link from this template to some sample business plans. In addition, you can take their free online courses, including one on how to prepare a business plan.

Print Resources


The library has a variety of books that can help you develop your business plan; the titles below are just a few of the resources we have. To find more you can search the catalog for: business planning – handbooks, manuals, etc.or small business – planning – handbooks, manuals, etc.

Preparing Effective Business Plans: an Entrepreneurial Approach     HD 30.28 .B36837
Guide to Business Planning     HD 30.28 .F747 2009
Anatomy of a Business Plan: the Step-by-Step Guide to Building your Business and Securing your Company's future     HD30.28 .P5 2008
How to Write a Great Business Plan     HD30.28 .S234 2008
How to Prepare a Business Plan     HD62.5 .B55 2008