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Developing a Business Plan

Conduct a feasibility study to begin developing a plan for a new business. Your study will help you forecast the potential for success of the business. This study will become part of your business plan which you will use to justify your proposal to lenders.

Hort 1130 Feasibility Assignment Template (also available on BlackBoard)

Schedule a time to meet the librarian for help with this project--online or by phone.

A basic business plan includes the following elements (.pdf from Gale Business: Entrepreneurship).
[Library Resources to use for each element].

Name and Type of Business [Gale Business, IBIS World]
Description of Product/Service [Gale Business, IBIS World]
Business History & Development
Location [Reference Solutions]
Market Analysis
Competition [Reference Solutions]
Management [Gale Business]
Financial Information
Business Strengths & Weaknesses
Business Growth

Example Business Plans

These business plans and many more are available in Gale Business: Entrepreneurship below. These plans are from real U.S. companies.
Landscaping Service: G & D Landscaping
Florist: The Perfect Bloom, Inc.
Nursery: Wonderland Nursery
Organic Grower & Supplier (hydroponic nursery): Great Lakes Organics

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