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The resources on writing business plans available online are overwhelming; this guide aims to cover the information from the most authoritative and reliable sources.

Courses, Workshops and Webinars

The Incubator Without Walls  (IWW) program helps people start and expand businesses with ten or fewer employees through a number of course offerings. During the 12-session class we will discuss Business Concept, Legal Structures of Business, The Importance of a Business Plan, Sales and Marketing, Credit and Loans, Record Keeping, Financials and Cash Flow, as well as many other topics.

A 60-hour course in business planning. The following topics are covered in depth: your customer, competition, marketing, record keeping, taxes, financing, legal aspects, and more. At the end of the class, you will have a completed business plan.

In this program, you will develop a business concept and take it through each step of the business planning process. Through readings and research, activities and action steps, you will plan and analyze your entrepreneurial vision by creating a thoroughly researched and tested Business Plan.

Free Webinars on Writing Business Plan (SCORE)

Check the upcoming or recorded events about Business Plan Writing from SCORE Bangor, Augusta, Auburn, Ellsworth, Portland, and Oxford Hills.

Get One-On-One Support for Writing Business Plans

SCORE
Experienced business mentors provide advice on every aspect of business planning.

Maine Small Business Development Center

Certified business advisors help businesses at all stages to provide individualized business development assistance.

 MaineStream Finance

Offers free one-on-one consultation to help create a business plan for a new business or one that can use some analytical help.

Coastal Enterprises, Inc

Offer free and confidential business counseling.

 

How-to Guides and Tools

  • Writing Your Business Plan (Small Business Administration, SBA)
  • Build Your Business Plan Tool (SBA)
    A comprehensive guide for writing a business plan and a business plan building tool from SBA.
  • Microsoft Business Plan Template
  • Business Plan (Small Business Development Center, SBDC); Business Planning (Maine SBDC)
    A pool of business plan writing resources and templates from SBDCNet, the official National Information Clearinghouse of the U.S. Small Business Administration with additional local resources from the Maine SBDC.
  • Business Planning Templates (SCORE)
  • Business Plan Preparation  (Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. University of Colorado)
    A knowledge portal for writing business plans, including concept analysis, feasibility study and guides on writing a successful business plan, templates, spreadsheet tools, sample plans and more.

Contact Us

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University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
fogler.mbstl@maine.edu
Reference Desk: 207-581-1673

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