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How to: Create Business Plans: Sample Business Plans

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Need a Good Example?

If you've never looked at an actual business plan, you may be surprised at the amount of research involved in making the business case.  Here are few options, including past plans written by student peers.

1. Business Plans Handbook -- Available via Gale Virtual Reference Library, Business Plans Handbook has 24 volumes filled with sample business plans and a business plan template.
2. Selected top plans from previous NBA 507 classes -- Prof. Schneider places 10 or so plans on reserves at the Management Library.  You may borrow these for 2-hour periods.  
3. Plans from previous NBA 300/NBA 564 classes -- Most plans from Prof. BenDaniel's entrepreneurship classes are available for review in the Management Library.  They may not leave the library.  Use the Title or NAICS Industry Code indexes on top of the cabinets or scan quickly through the plans cataloged by industry.

Selected Books, etc.

A great deal of your research needs will be met with online sources. However, there are some print items you may wish to use as well. We recommend that you speak with a member of our reference staff to learn the best resources for your particular plan. Here is a selected list of some specialty print materials you might find useful:

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