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Business Planning

Whether you are starting or growing your business, the first step should be to develop a good business plan, which will be a guideline to keep your thoughts organized. Any business plan is unique and it should be flexible, according to your business industry. There are many free templates, online tools and websites that could help you to brainstorm about how to plan for your business. Here we want to share with you some Documents and Resources that we think might help you to develop your unique Business Plan. 

Free Templates

You will find many, here are some of the ones we recommend:

  • Business Plan Template (SCORE) This is a comprehensive and detailed template that will guide you step by step, explaining concepts in an easy way, and includes simple worksheets for every part of your business plan.
  • Business Plan Template (BPLANS) This template has been used by universities to teach entrepreneurs how to start businesses. It includes samples of charts and statements to show your financials.
  • Business Model Canvas Poster Canvas is a one page template that helps you to have a visual chart of how you plan looks like, including key partners, key activities, value proposition, customers, and finances.


Do you want to take a look to some business plan samples? Click on the following links

Sample Business Plan – 1
Sample Business Plan – 2
Sample Business Plan – 3

Online Tools

You can also try some free platforms offering the possibility to use online forms that will help you to focus on the content without being worried about the format. You would need to register an account and create a password in all of them:


  • SBA’s Build Your Business Plan Tool: The U.S Small Business Association provides this step-by-step guide that allows you to save and update your business plan. The SBA also offers learning resources for small businesses through its Learning Center. 
  • Canvanizer: This web page provides you with Model Canvas templates for Business Plan, Service Design, Project Management and SWOT Analysis.

If you want to get paid options for online tools, you can try Enloop for detailed forecasting, or LivePlan, which offers a friendly guide and performance tracking.

Web Sites

If you are new to starting a business and need to decide whether to invest time in developing a business plan, or not, take a look to these sites with interesting articles and videos for you:



The ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneur Training program offer a comprehensive, 20-week entrepreneur training program that helps participants realize their potential and develop a business plan. Through this program, we look to our entrepreneurs to be examples, leaders, and potentially employers, in these communities as business owners.

ProsperUS Detroit accepts applications to the Entrepreneur Training program on a continual basis. As new classes approach, we will reach out to applicants to gather more information and schedule interviews. If you’re interested in our program, please apply online now or visit one of our Community Partners.

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