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Self-Guided Business Planning Tools

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Thinking about starting your own business? Gale Business | Plan Builder provides guidance on planning, starting and running a small business or nonprofit, turning your ideas, plans and finances into a coherent, complete business plan.

Gale Business | Plan Builder provides step-by-step tools to navigate the business planning process via an intuitive dashboard:

Step 1. Evaluate your entrepreneurial characteristics and motivations using the Entrepreneur Profile worksheet.

Step 2. Continue with business ideation tools (ex. Lean Canvas) to plan a framework for your business to operate within.

Step 3. Estimate expenses, capital, sales, etc., to create projections and analyze the financial merit of your business idea.

Step 4. Create a complete business plan, including a strategic marketing plan, to present to potential investors and lenders.

Step 5. Analyze your company’s financial future by populating capital expenditures, debts and loans, sales, equity, and inventory to create advanced projections.

As you build your business plan, you’ll also have easy, integrated access to Gale Legal Forms as well as thousands of articles and tips from Gale Business | Entrepreneurship.

Already have a business plan? Use the Gale Business | Plan Builder to support the management and growth of your operations (getting new investors, obtaining a loan, buying new equipment, building new facilities, etc.).

Nonprofits can use Gale Business | Plan Builder to create a grant proposal — just as a startup would write a business plan — allowing you to focus on your organization’s mission.

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or looking to grow your current business, the Gale Business | Plan Builder provides a framework to move through the entire business development lifecycle.

Access to these powerful tools is free with your Fauquier County Public Library card.  Don’t have a library card?  You can apply online or stop by the nearest Fauquier County Public Library location.

 

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