This guide will provide a list of industry, demographic and entrepreneurial planning resources.
Last Updated: Aug 6, 2014
Below are a list of books that either provide examples of business plans or information on setting up a business. For more books on this topic, go to www.lib.montana.edu/find. Click on Books and Media. Enter entrepreneurship in the search box and click on Subject. The majority of books listed are electronic books.
The Successful Business Plan
Publication Date: 2010-09-16
This number-one selling business planning guide in the U.S. includes expert help, worksheets to jumpstart the process, a sample business plan, tips on impressing funders, winning tips for competitions, and more. Used in the top business schools throughout the nation, including Stanford; M.I.T.; University of Denver; Hass School of Business, UC Berkeley; and Cornell. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs have used this book to launch their businesses.
Named by Inc. and Forbes magazines as one of the top ten essential books for small business, this fully revised and updated fifth edition of Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies is a complete, step-by-step guide to researching and writing a business plan to get your company funded!
With a foreword by legendary venture capitalist John Doerr, Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies is packed with insider tips and insightful advice on writing and formatting a business plan that will stand out from the crowd.
How to Write a Business Plan
Publication Date: 2013-03-03
Whether you are starting or selling your own business, business plans are an essential and unavoidable part of the business cycle. How to Write a Business Plan, 4th edition gives you the expert guidance you need to make an impact with your written plan, including advice on researching competitors, how to present your management skills and experience and how to effectively communicate your strategic vision.
Along with glossary of key terms and brand new advice on producing cash and profit forecasts, How to Write a Business Plan, 4th edition, contains all the help you'll need to get it right first time.
Rule's Book of Business Plans for Startups: Creating a Winning Plan that You Can Take to the Bank
Call Number: HD62.5.R85 2004 - 2nd Floor
Never done a business plan before? Where do you start? Section by section, you'll see how to put your facts and figures into a readable, compelling story written in business language to end up with a complete plan including: executive summary, company description, industry analysis, market and competition, strategies and goals, products or services, marketing and sales, management and organization, operations, financial pro formas, financial request, and exhibits. These valuable examples and detailed explanations cover every issue and contingency you're likely to encounter in your business venture. You'll approach the challenge with the assurance that comes from hard-won knowledge and the experiences of many others like you.
Business Plans Handbook
Call Number: HD62.7 .B865 - 2nd Floor
Business Plans Handbook is a collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. Each volume presents approximately 25 sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries -- only the company names and addresses have been changed. There are currently 13 volumes in this set.
These websites will link you to additional sources for information on starting a small business.