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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.


How-to Guides and Tools

  • Writing Your Business Plan (Small Business Administration, SBA)
  • Write Your Business Plan (SBA)
    A comprehensive guide for writing a business plan from the SBA.
  • Microsoft Business Plan Template
  • Business Plan (Small Business Development Center, 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.

Courses, Workshops and Webinars

IWW Express: Build Your Business (MaineStream Finance)

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.

Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs (New Ventures Maine)

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.

Free Webinars on Writing Business Plan (SCORE)

Get One-On-One Support for Writing Business Plans

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

Find a Mentor

Maine Small Business Development Center

Request Advising from Maine SBDC

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

 MaineStream Finance

Business Consultants

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

Small Business Development Center

Women’s Business Center

Offer free and confidential business counseling.


Contact Us

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University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
Reference Desk: (207) 581-1673


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