Learn exactly what a business plan is, why you need one, when to write it, and the fundamental elements that make it a unique tool for business success.
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Business Plan Templates and Resources
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Business planning FAQ
Business planning is the act of sitting down to establish goals, strategies, and actions you intend to take to successfully start, manage, and grow a business.