How to Write a Business Plan

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If you’re not sure how to write a business plan for your Oregon startup, it’s pretty simple once you know the general structure it should have. Whether you have a business idea or are already delivering products or services, the business planning process is necessary for all small businesses.

As for why you should take the time to write a traditional business plan, think of it as a framework to guide you through the stages of beginning and operating your business.

A business plan shows people that you’re prepared with a plan for the future of your business, and that’s important for everyone from potential investors to employees to partners.

A well-written business plan is just one tool for building a successful business, but it’s an important one for the foundation of your business.

There’s no right way or wrong way to write a business plan. The most important thing is to craft a business plan outline custom to your business that can provide a road map for where you’re going and how to get there. Here are some things you might consider including in your plan.  Read more…

Resource Credit: Oregon SBDC

Whether you are launching a start-up or you are already an established business owner, you need a solid business plan to help you navigate the times and manage your operations. Put your ideas into a workable plan and ensure that your business is viable! We can help you forecast sales & expenses, identify a target market, as well as develop other key elements of a business plan that will serve you going forward. Includes free access to LivePlan business planning software for three months. Three teaching sessions with one-to-one individual advising sessions in-between.

Thursdays, January 4, 11, 25, and February 1 | 11am-1:15pm

Online Zoom
Instructor: Dave Grotjahn

Marketing for Growth is a strategy to increase your business sales and efficiency, drive revenues and maximize profits for the long-term success of your business. Elevate your marketing outreach and messaging to move consumers from awareness to preference! In this series of three class sessions and three advising sessions, as a business owner, you will set goals and engage in activities and consulting to 1) assess your business and develop strategies to improve its existing offerings to maximize profits, and 2) thoughtfully plan for future growth by adding new offerings, customers, markets, and/or partners. Please note that this series is designed for registered businesses already open to customers.

Wednesdays, January 10, 24, and February 7 | 6-9pm
Online Zoom
Instructor: Sue Meyer

Do you have a great idea you think could be a successful business but just don’t know how to get started? Cover the basics in this two-hour class and decide if running a business is for you.

  • Are you ready to be in business?
  • Do you have what it takes to run a business?
  • Is there a customer base to support your business?
  • What are your options for funding your business?
  • How much money do you need to get started?
  • What are the legalities involved?

December 6 | 11am-1pm
Online Zoom
Instructor: José Balcazar