Published November 2000

Writing an Effective Business Plan: Introduction


Writing an Effective Business Plan: Page 1 - Introduction
So you want – or need – to write a business plan. You might be looking for debt or equity financing, or maybe you need to to develop a blueprint to help you build your business. Either way, a comprehensive business plan is a useful tool that can help you meet your goals.

As we were starting CanadaOne I wrote a business plan for our company that won the 1997/98 National Business Plan Competition for Young Entrepreneur, to which over 500 plans were submitted. Since that time I've done many presentations on the basics of writing a business plan, and I've also written plans for other companies.

In this workshop I'll explain the basics of creating a business plan, based on my own experience and input from other professionals who are tasked with writing and reviewing plans on a regular basis.

The following pages outline the four major sections of a business plan, packed with tips that will help you write a plan that will get investors excited.

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Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: An Overview
Page 3: Why Plan?
Page 4: The Executive Summary
Page 5: Business Data
Page 6: Financial Data
Page 7: Supporting Data
Page 8: The Outline

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Julie King is the co-founder and publisher of®. Connect with Julie on Twitter, Linked In, Google +