Business Planning Resources

These business planning resources will help you work through the areas you need to address as you compile your business plan so you can create a business that’s right for you.

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 […]

Date: 2018/01/05

This aid takes up site selection criteria, such as retail compatibility and zoning, which the small business owner must consider after making use of basic economic, demographic, and traffic analyses.  It offers questions the retailer must ask (and find answers to) before making the all-important choice of store location.

Date: 2018/01/05

A retail consultant was asked, “What are the three factors most likely to ensure retailing success?” The reply was, “(1) Location, (2) location, and (3) location.” This aid is aimed at just one aspect of how to determine the proper site, namely, research into the traffic in that area–both vehicular and pedestrian–that will bring business […]

Date: 2018/01/05

Small retailers, who seek new sites for their stores, or service shops, should add the shopping centre to their lists of possible locations. When they do, however, they should be aware that the advantages of the shopping centre for one type of retailing might be disadvantages for another.  The purpose of this aid is to […]

Date: 2018/01/05

Business leases are not like dwelling rentals. Business leases are totally different from personal dwelling rentals.  Landlords and lease brokers will expect you to negotiate.  Explanations of these and other great tips are posted for consideration before signing any business lease.

Date: 2018/01/05

About half of all small businesses fail within the first four years — a statistic that generates a shudder of fear in even the most dauntless entrepreneur. Most of these failures, however, resemble one another in crucial ways. And once you identify these harbingers of failure, you can increase your own chance of success.

Date: 2018/01/05

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 […]

Date: 2018/01/05

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?”

Date: 2018/01/05

This free resource, developed by Strategyzer, will help you create, design and describe your business model.

Date: 2018/01/01

This handy tool, created by Scotiabank, will help you navigate through the various parts of your business plan.

Date: 2018/01/01