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The best place for getting info on a business plan is SCORE.
Go to SCORE on line. They have a lot of info on bus plans and more.
Libraries are also a good starting place.
Let me know if I can help, LUCKIEST
The SBA at http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/index.html has all of the info.
I agree with the previous response, use SCORE as much as possible. I did, and avoided making some costly erroneous decisions. After you write the biz plan, I would make an appointment with a SCORE counselor. They are free of charge.
I would use Palo Alto's Biz Plan Pro to write it. But as I have quoted Guy Kawasaki before in his outstanding book - The Art of the Start (a great book for you to read) - quit planning and go do it.
James J Moore
go to bplans.com and the others posted previously. bplans.com is a great website and it helped me so much.
I googled 'How to write a business plan' and came up with a great outline. I printed it out and made a three ring binder with each of the BP sections. then I started to write...each section. Finally I put it all together and then gave it to several business types and let them have at it to fine tune it for me. I also used an accounting professional for the financials, he was able to do it quickly once the cost structure was developed.
Thanks guys for all the input. I will get to work!