Green Investments

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Financial Services Business Plan

Executive Summary

Green Investments (GI) is a financial service company that focuses on stocks of environmentally responsible companies. The Washington-based L.L.C. is lead by Sarah Lewis and Steve Burke. GI uses financial research purchased from Bear Stearns and in-house environmental responsibility analysis to make recommendations to clients.

Services
GI has developed a criteria-based marker system which is easy and effective in evaluating a wide range of different companies on their environmental impact. Only financially prudent/performing companies are evaluated, ensuring that its recommendations make both financial and environmental sense.

Competitive Edge
GI will leverage the proprietory evaluation system to quickly gain market share. The system is convenient and based on extensive research, providing a streamlined overview of the environmental performance of the companies.

Market
GI will concentrate on the unserved niche of environmental investing within the financial services market. GI faces indirect competition from environmentally responsible mutual funds, which do a similar job in assessing a company's environmental performance but do not allow for investing in individual equity.

Management Team
GI is lead by two experienced managers, Sarah Lewis, and Steve Burke. Sarah has a masters degree in environmental studies and has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency where she was responsible for preparing environmental impact statements. Steve has an MBA and has worked for Salomon Smith Barney where he developed an extensive amount of networking contacts.

GI addresses a previously ignored niche of the financial services market. GI will generate $230,000 and $261,000 in sales in year two and three respectively.

1.1 Objectives

  • To become the premier environmental investment firm.
  • Attract more people into making investments based on environmental actions of the prospective companies, in effect raising the awareness of and supporting investments in companies that act on environmental concerns.
  • Continue to drive down the costs associated with investment research as it relates to environmental criteria.

1.2 Mission

Green Investments' mission is to become the premier financial service organization that makes investment in companies with outstanding environmental records and practices. Green Investments, through comprehensive research and well thought out and verifiable marker criteria will be able to identify sound environmental investments. By offering the highest level of services, Green Investments will succeed as a company as well as have a positive impact on our environment.

1.3 Keys to Success

  • Develop a workable, accurate set of environmental markers for a wide range of environmental impacts a company faces.
  • Purchase high-quality financial performance investment research, recognizing that there is no value added for Green Investments doing this research themselves.
  • Price the service so that there is a good profit margin while remaining competitive.