CANNAINVESTOR Magazine October / November 2016 - Page 108

"Are there any business plan templates or useful software?"

Sure, you can find plenty of them just googling. Let me mention some of the most interesting

Free business plan templates from Entrepreneur

http://forms.entrepreneur.com/business-plan

Entrepreneur, in collaboration with with SeamlessDocs, provides some free templates. Regarding business planning they have Business Plan non disclosure agreement, Business Plan Overview Template, Executive Summary Template and Marketing Plan Overview Template. You may download them free of charge directly by clicking the link above.

SCORE Business Plan Template for a Startup Business

https://www.score.org/resource/business-plan-template-startup-business

SCORE is a nonprofit association that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners. They have a well-structured template of a business plan for a startup, so you can download it for free to draft your own plan.

Samples of business plan executive summaries on businessplans.org

http://www.businessplans.org/businessplans.html

Here you can find free samples of executive summaries of the best business plans, which were presented at MOOT CORP® Competition, in which MBAs from the best business schools in the world present their business plans to panels of investors. They have a really huge list of business plans samples for variety of industries and cases, you just select the samples from your specific topic.

Mint.com: business plan in elevator pitch

http://www.slideshare.net/hnshah/mintcom-prelaunch-pitch-deck

As it was already mentioned before, you don’t need to have a solid multiple-page business plan for an early stage startup. Of course, it is not very convenient to write it on paper towels, but you can simply make it in the format of a presentation. As an example, I really recommend you looking at the Mint’s elevator pitch presentation, which actually has their business plan explained in 16 short slides. Why not make the same for your startup?

Business plans samples from bplans.com

http://www.bplans.com/online_services_business_plan/executive_summary_fc.php

Actually, Bplans.com provides software for business planning, which PRO edition starts from $19,95 per month. But on their website you can find some set of pretty good samples of business plans for different industries. Just dig through the website and ignore annoying popups ;)

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