The good news is that not every business needs a traditional business plan.
For business planning counseling, you can contact SCORE Chicago or a Small Business Development Center.
With more than 100 counselors, you have access to experts in many skill areas and numerous industries.
The guides and courses below can help you with this process.
If you would like to work with an expert, feel free to reach out to any of the agencies below.
SCORE can also arrange Spanish speaking or women counselors.
SCORE counselors are successful executives and business owners who can help you on a wide variety of business issues like financing, marketing or importing.
There are templates available, including a simple business plan template and a traditional business plan template.
There are also many business plan tutorials available, including video business planning tutorials.
A traditional business plan is what most small business owners think about (and often fear) when they hear the term "business plan." It is usually a long and very formal document that has a vast amount of information and is pretty overwhelming for many new business owners.
A traditional business plan typically includes the following sections: The not-so-great news is that a traditional business plan takes a long time and an immense amount of research to complete.