Business Resource Library

Business Planning

Advice and tips to plan your business!

Creating Your Business: Success By Design

Are you interested in starting a business but feeling overwhelmed about what you need to know, and do, to make it work?

Creating Your Business guides you through the steps of creating a business and developing a business plan:

1. What do YOU Want?
2. Do You Have a Viable Idea?
3. How Will You Attract Customers?
4. What Will Your Costs Be?
5. How Will You Make Money?
6. What Can You Do to Stay on Track?
7. How Do You Translate Your Discoveries into a Plan?


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Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba Entrepreneurship Centre of Excellence Channel

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba and the WECM Entrepreneurship Centre of Excellence are launching a state-of-the-art online business plan development series.  Designed specifically for on-line, convenient time-of-choice delivery, the course modules will assist entrepreneurs gain an understanding of the importance of business planning. They will identify the critical components of a comprehensive and effective plan.  Using a step-by-step process, the business plan development series will help entrepreneurs explore their business concepts and then build the foundation
for a successful enterprise.

Starting your Business Guide

From drafting a business plan to finding start-up money, this guide will help explain what you need to know in order to start a business and where you can find resources and information to support you along the way. You will also meet inspirational BC women who generously share their own business experiences throughout this guide.


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Taking the Leap to Entrepreneurship Guide

This guide is not meant to cover the “nuts and bolts” of starting a business—there are other tools for that. Instead, we will explore the internal process and offer inspiration. Each section contains a list of additional resources, but don’t limit yourself to these. This guide is meant to educate and support women who are making the transition to self-employment.


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Personal Characteristics Assessment

Although it helps to have certain character traits, success depends both on who you are and on having a strong business idea.  Use this assessment as an opportunity to utilize your top skills and work on developing your weakest skills prior to setting out on your new business venture - there are no “right” or “wrong” answers!

How to Write an Effective Business Plan

A good business plan is an invaluable tool for any business owner, whether you are just starting your new enterprise, expanding or changing strategic direction.  Not only does it provide potential creditors, investors and business partners with essential information about your business, but it also provides you, the entrepreneur, with a clear “roadmap” to follow and a tool to measure your performance.  This guide is anoutline of the basic business plan for a small business.

Addressing and Creating a Product Need

So you’ve got a great new technology that is the best thing since e-mail, and you need now is the financing to commercialize it.  That’s great, but have you considered the most important question on the mind of all venture capitalists:  “Will anyone buy it?”


A partnership is an agreement in which two or more persons combine their resources in a business.  What are the different types of partnership and what type of agreement does it entail?

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Home Based Business

The trend toward home-based business has occurred for several reasons.  See if the advantages of basing your new business in your home outweigh the disadvantages.

Two Dozen Do's and Don'ts for Home Business Success

Paul and Sarah Edwards have been called "the gurus of the work-at-home movement." They provide information and advice on self-employment and home businesses on CompuServe and the Business Radio Network, as well as in Home Office Computing magazine. The Edwards, who also give speeches, seminars and workshops on successfully setting up, operating and expanding a home office, work from their house in California. This article is adapted from their best-selling book, Working From Home.