1. Garbage In, Garbage Out
Bankers and entrepreneurs explain why business-plan software can never deliver what it promises.
2. The Basics of Business Plans: Sell, Sell, Sell
In Chapter 1 of the book How to Really Create a Successful Business Plan, author David E. Gumpert states that a business plan isn't an academic or abstract document, but instead can have a substantive impact in selling the idea of your business to pro
3. Plan for Success
Want to create a winning business plan? First, check out inc.com's latest guide to online resources that can help.
4. The Fine Art of Writing a Business Plan
Recommended readings from the Inc. archives to help you compose a winning plan.
5. Upstarts: University Tournaments
University business-plan tournaments are spawning a variety of sophisticated start-up companies. Here's what students learn from these contests and why investors are eager to give them money.
6. A Plan for All Seasons
In an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book How to Really Create a Successful Business Plan, learn how a carefully crafted business plan can be an important sales tool for the life of the business.
7. Develop a Business Plan
The Business Planning Package Deal offers three tools-a video, book, and CD-ROM-to help you develop your company's business plan.
8. Brand in the Making
If all goes well under James Prosek's ambitious business plan, he will be elevated from mere fish aficionado to standard-bearer for an entire way of life. Plus: Dr. Koop on self-branding.