Does your assignment require that you find out how to start a business or are you looking to start your own business? There are numerous resources available to you. Some of these resources are available on the Internet and others can be found in your Everglades University Library. Here are some suggestions:
On the Internet:
The Small Business Administration is an independent federal agency that provides counseling and assistance to small businesses. Through its website, SBA.gov, the Small Business Administration provides resources and information designed to help the small business at all stages of the business lifecycle: from planning the business to exiting the business. SBA.gov includes a written guide for strategic planning and for creating and implementing a business plan.
SBA.gov also provides links to organizations such as the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) that provide mentoring services to small businesses. SBA.gov also includes electronic newsletters, free online training and resources for finding venture capital. There are also monthly chat events and podcasts.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a national association dedicated to helping small business owners form and grow their businesses. SCORE.org provides online and local mentoring and business advice and online and onsite workshops. SCORE.org also provides templates for staring and financing businesses, creating financial forms.
Encyclopedia of Small Business
The Encyclopedia of Small Business provides over 600 articles on financial planning, market analysis, sales, business plans, tax planning, human resource issues and more. The Business Plans section is composed of actual business plans written by actual entrepreneurs.
On the shelves of your Everglades University Library:
Covello, J & Hazelgren, B.J. (2005). Your first business plan: A simple question-and-answer format designed to help you write your own plan. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks. (658.4 COV 2005 – Boca Raton campus)(658.4012 COV 2005 – Altamonte Springs, Boca Raton, Sarasota campuses)
Covello and Hazelgren have organized their instruction in the recommended sequence for writing the business plan. Included are instructions and advice on how to research the market, where to find information, strategies to use, available financial resources and guidelines that lenders and other purveyors of venture capital will use to assess the information submitted by the would-be entrepreneur.
Pinson, L. (c2005). Anatomy of a business plan: A step-by-step guide to building the business and securing your company’s future. Chicago: Dearborn. (658.4 PIN 2005 – Boca and Sarasota campuses)
Written for both larger and smaller businesses and both start-up and existing businesses, Anatomy of a Business Plan provides an easily understandable process for creating a successful business plan. Pinson includes business plan considerations, organization plans, instructions for creating and following a marketing plan, sample financial documents and supporting documentation such as personal resumes, owner’s financial statements, etc.
Plus Many More!!
If you need assistance in finding information on business plans or ANY other business-related information, please contact your EU librarians:
- Boca Raton campus library: Amanda Sarra or Joseph Gremillion (888)-772-6077
- Altamonte Springs (Orlando) campus: (407)-277-0311