Business Toolbox


Business Planning

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Business plans are not just for starting a business – they are essential for growing a business. Many owners believe a business plan is needed only when trying to secure financing, but the business plan is first and foremost a plan for you, the business leader. It’s secondary role is for potential lenders. A business plan should also serve as a management tool to help establish production goals and measure performance.

Elements of  a Business Plan

Links for information on business planning and sample business plans:


U.S. Small Business Administration


Sample Business Plans

My Own Business – How to Write a Business Plan

Business Plan Outline

Beginner’s Guide to Financial Statements – Securities and Exchange Commission

Business Owner’s Toolkit – Financial Statements

Sample Business Buy/ Sell Agreement (Offer to Purchase and Addendum)
Sometimes an emerging or existing business needs to revisit or retool and boil down to its core vision, mission, objectives, strategies and action plans for the coming year. A one page business plan could be an effective tool to thoroughly, yet succinctly, communicate the plan with his/her team. Again, it’s about focus and direction. Here are some links to explore if a one page business plan could work for your business, or business unit.

One Page Business Plan Company

How to Write a One-Page Business Plan

Building The Business Of


Business Publications

Small Business Assistance Guide – Provides information and guidance on local resources during start-up phase or aid in the smooth operation of your existing small business.



Checklist for Starting a Business

Disaster Preparedness

Online Training Opportunities

U.S. Chamber Tools