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ENTR: McGuire Center Entrepreneurial Research Guide
Gale's Business Plans Handbooks are a great resource since they cover a wide range of business types. See sample marketing plans, profit and loss forecasts, capital spending plans, and risk analyses.
The Pima County Public Library (PCPL) subscribes to the most recent Business Plans Handbooks, but online access requires a PCPL card. To get a library card, visit any PCPL branch with your photo I.D. (the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and Himmel Park Library are closest to the UA campus). If your I.D. doesn't have your current address, bring along a piece of mail or a legal document with your name and current address on it. If you don't have a local address, they'll give you a limited card so that you can check out 2 items.
Note: If you can't get a public library card, try finding the Business Plans Handbooks in the UA Libraries' Gale Virtual Reference Library instead. They may not be as recent as PCPL's.
One of the most important steps in launching a new venture is the creation of a business plan. This workbook takes you through 29 assignments to help you create and present your business plan, from learning how to create a competitive business strategy through to forecasting sales volume and value. It will help you to validate your business idea, brand your business, research and segment your market, and raise finance; all through one persuasive plan.
Packed with simple, step-by-step instructions, it shows you how to start up a business from scratch, write a winning business plan, secure financing, manage your risks successfully, navigate your first year of operation, and more. NOTE: The Safari Books Online platform is limited to 20 simultaneous users, so if the ebook isn't available try again later.