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Are Business Plans Still Relevant Today? Posted By : Michael Reddy

Sun, 21 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400

There is continued heated debate regarding the merits of writing a detailed business plan.As a business coach it seems to me that the gist of the debate is whether or not there is a benefit (financial and overall) to writing a detailed business plan, or whether this has become a dated concept and a fledgling business can thrive without one.

Effects-based Thinking: Part 3 Posted By : James D. Murphy

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400

In Part 1 of this series, the concept that everything exists within a system from the perspective of complexity was introduced. In Part 2, a three-tiered framework of effects-based thinking (EBT) and planning critical to understanding change in organizations, markets and communities was discussed. In this final installment, discover how effects are planned within complex systems and how adaptive leadership propels those effects.

Effects-based Thinking: Part 2 Posted By : James D. Murphy

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400

In 'Effects-Based Thinking - Part I', the definition of effects-based thinking, or EBT, was established as an approach to strategic planning, which contributes to long-lasting organizational impacts. Expanding on this concept, we can view the differences between strategic planning with EBT and simply tracking progress with metrics. With EBT, we're able to construct, align and adapt our measurements to ensure success within the organization.

Strategic Planning and Effects-based Thinking: Part 1 Posted By : James D. Murphy

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400

In strategic planning and decision making, effects-based thinking (EBT) is a vital tactic to assess the effects of specific actions, not in a narrowly defined and time-limited way, but through a perspective that is sensitive to broad-ranging and lasting impacts. In our fast-paced personal and work lives, we tend to think more about today's issues rather than tomorrow's - but effects-based thinking is the opposite of short-sightedness.

How to Make a Strategic Plan Posted By : John Atkinson

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400

This article is about how a company should make a strategic plan and what the elements of a strategic plan are. Strategic plan starts from the company vision and mission; external and internal analysis; deciding upon a generic strategic and strategic positioning of the company and mobilizing all the components of the company towards the chosen strategic positioning.

Information And Tips About Pet Store Business Plan Posted By : Richard C. Thomas

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0400

If you are planning on opening up a pet store, it's very important to have a smart pet store business plan. People typically own a pet store because they enjoy pets and would like to turn their fondness for pets into a successful business. However, small businesses can be difficult to make a good profit from. If you don't have a well thought out business plan, you increase your chance for failure.

Angel Investors: Business Plan Posted By : Jacklin Jonse

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0400

The Indian economy chart is showing a steep rise with every passing day, and it is not a hidden fact that Indian industries and investment sectors are growing at a fast pace. There is no dearth of young talents in India who have new innovative ideas and full knowledge about the advancing technology. In spite of all these positive factors, many start-up new ventures suffer a setback in the initial stages or is not even able to start due to shortage of funds. Initial capital is a big hindrance where Indian industries are concerned since we do not have enough business angels or Indian angel investors who can provide the initial start-up money for a new venture.

Top Guideline To Help Small Businesses For Marketing Plan Posted By : James Daksh

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0400

A lot of people are at a loss when it comes to deciding how to approach the marketing plan process and how to stay within time and budget constraints. To make for a less stressful marketing plan process, keep in mind these 10 tips...

The Twelve-step Business Plan Posted By : Jillian Smith

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500

Preparing a business plan is the most important part of starting a business. So much rests on the business plan, from financing to suppliers. A business plan shows that you are prepared, educated, and dedicated to your business. A good business plan will define what your business is about, where you expect it to go in the future and how you will get there. The following outline the essentials of a good business plan.

Common Shortfalls in Business Plans Posted By : Jasmine Stone

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500

I am often asked to assist with writing business plans. While a business plan is often needed when you are getting financing for your business, I find that most business owners don't find them very useful. Why not? Because usually they are written from a very long term frame (typically five years) and once they are written, they are put on a shelf and never looked at again. I'm going to suggest some ways that you can get more out of your business plan.

How To Write a Business Plan and What is a Business Plan Posted By : John Smarta

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500

Want to know how to write a business plan? - What is involved in writing a business plan or even what is a business plan, read the following guide on building a business plan layout and creating a business plan. Creating a solid business plan will help you secure finance and will help clarify details to yourself, your investors and your employees.

Take Your Business To The Next Level.. No More Marketing 'As Usual' Posted By : Bernard Steiner

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500

Since Thje Recession changed B2B buyer forever, small business management must fdvelop a Strategic Marketing and Business Plan redefining their Mission, Business Model and competitive Strategies to Turn their Business Around and Grow.

Change Needed in Your Marketing Plan Posted By : James Smi

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500

Change is good, right? Not always. But when is it bad? Is it a question of good or bad? Sounds philosophical. Maybe it is. Philosophize on this...why would one take something that is going good - no.. great - and change it? Obvious answer is to make it better. Not! In business or in marketing, change is not always good. When you have certain promotional actions that are in place making things happen, or in better terms, making you money - don't change them!

Marketing Schemes and Your Business Plan Posted By : James Smi

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500

The corporate community makes use of different terms in talking about business planning - business strategy, sales planning, marketing strategy, business plans, and marketing schemes. But as different as these terms sound or spell, they cover same principles -- how to improve sales and getting the company "out there". Efficient business plans and marketing schemes need to be strong, cost-effective, and most of all, realistic. As such, an efficient business plan considers several important factors: products, services, market size, competitor activity, marketing, and production costs.

How to Make a Marketing Plan that Wins Posted By : John Smi

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500

Contests can be an exciting part of a marketing campaign. But contest management and the attendant need for mailings database management must be considered before selecting a contest as part of any marketing campaign. If your marketing firm has engaged in contests before you already know this, but for those new to the process it seems important to at least go through some of the pitfalls, so you approach your contest fully informed.

Leveraging Your Online Business for Maximum Profits Posted By : Ben Frank Jr

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500

Have you ever wondered why some individuals achieve much faster results with their business ventures than most others? Or how some people just seem to get so much more done than others, and enjoy bigger business growth and profits? There are many things that contribute to online business success, but most of the successful, high earning business owners online use leverage to their advantage.

Business Innovation - Turning Problems Into Solutions Posted By : Milo Bono

Mon, 18 May 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Problems, Problems, Problems Wouldnt life be grand if we never had any problems. Everything would work perfectly, everyone would always get along and be happy, everything would be wonderful for everyone everywhere, and things would only get better as we live happily ever after. Unfortunately, in the real world there is no avoiding the grim realities of the dark side. Viewed from a business perspective take the number of problems of each person, multiply by the number of employees, multiply the result by every single aspect of doing business, and the final result is what keeps every business owner chewing their fingernails down to the bone.

Scenario Planning: Tool to Manage Change Posted By : Kathryn S. Keeley

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Scenario Planning has becme an important tool for organizations managing change. This article provides information on how to create a scenario planning process that results in an action plan for your organization, business or department. The process can be empowering so that everyone feels that they are managing rather than just responding to our uncertain ecomonic situation.

Business Plans - Why They Are Essential Posted By : Dave Curran

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0500

A well-constructed business plan is an absolute must these days. Why? Because it shows that you have a clear vision of where you want to take your business, and how you are going to get there. With world economies shrinking as the global financial crisis worsens, small business insolvency rates are on the increase, and indeed many experts predict that the negative impact on small business owners, and their employees, will reach levels not seen in decades.

Marketing Strategies Outlined Posted By : Gopal D.

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0500

Once you've completed the Market Analysis section of your business plan, you'll know more about your customers, your competition, and your company. That information should make writing the Marketing Strategy section of your business plan easier. If you are looking to obtain financing from an outside source a detailed marketing plan will help potential lenders/investors clearly understand what your attack plan is and how you intend on making it a reality.

Your Business Roadmap to Success Posted By : Gopal D.

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0500

Having a business plan is a great way of clearly defining your objectives and what it will take logistically and financially to achieve them, and in what time frame. You can have a formal plan or an informal one. A formal business plan is a detailed document that adheres to a standard format. Formal business plans are required when applying for a small business loan or grant from the government, banks, or approaching venture capitalists.

How to Write a Business Plan - For Small Inventors Posted By : William J. Lund

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 00:00:00 -0500

Starting a new business based on your new invention? You need to know how to write a business plan. Creating a comprehensive detailed business plan forces you to make the decisions that need to be made, requires you to do your research and determine all those little details that need to be addressed, from the day to day office expenses to the cost of packaging for your invention, product, or service.

Leverage on Climate Change and Energy Drain - Socially Responsible Investments Posted By : Yoshiko Choy

Sun, 27 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0400

Socially Responsible Investments leveraging on Climate changes and Energy Drain theme are dominating the attention at the investment front. Business consulting companies have sprung into the scene with business models dedicated to integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations into management and investment processes.

Starting a Business What is a Business Plan? Posted By : Wiliam King

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0400

This article deals with key decisions involved with starting a business and the advantages of having you own business. Furthermore it throws light on the various kinds of business structures and how a successful business plan should be laid out.

The Importance of Business Strategy Planning Posted By : Naz Daud

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0400

Strategic planning in business is important from the perspective of the long term health of your enterprise. Figuring out where your business is going is fundamental to strategic planning and to your overall success, and taking the time out to pinpoint strategic objectives is a worthwhile practice for all small business owners.