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  • 1.Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, 2/e Bruce R. Barringer R. Duane IrelandChapter 42008 Prentice Hall4-1

2. Chapter Objectives (1 of 2)1. Explain the purpose of a business plan. 2. Discuss how a business plan can be a dual-use document. 3. Explain how the process of writing a business plan can be as important as the plan itself. 4. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of using software packages to assist in preparing a business plan. 5. Explain the difference between a summary business plan, a full business plan, and an operational business plan. 2008 Prentice Hall4-2 3. Chapter Objectives (2 of 2)6. Explain why the executive summary may be the most important section of a business plan. 7. Describe a milestone and how milestones are used in business plans. 8. Explain the purpose of a sources and uses of funds statement. 9. Describe a liquidity event. 10. Detail the parts of an oral presentation of a business plan. 2008 Prentice Hall4-3 4. What Is a Business Plan? Business Plan A business plan is a written narrative, typically 25 to 35 pages long, that describes what a new business plans to accomplish. Dual-Use Document For most new ventures, the business plan is a dual-purpose document used both inside and outside the firm. Inside the firm, the plan helps the company develop a road map to follow in executing its strategies and plans. Outside the firm, it introduces potential investors and other stakeholders to the business opportunity the firm is pursuing and how it plans to pursue it.2008 Prentice Hall4-4 5. Who Reads the Business PlanAnd What Are They Looking For? There are two primary audiences for a firms business plan AudienceWhat They are Looking ForA Firms EmployeesA clearly written business plan, which articulates the vision and future plans of the firm, helps the employees of a firm operate in sync and move forward in a consistent and purposeful manner.Investors and Other External StakeholdersA firms business plan must make the case that the firm is a good use of an investors funds or the attention of other external stakeholders. The key is to include facts generated through a properly conducted feasibility analysis. A business plan rings hollow if it is based strictly on what an entrepreneur or team of founders thinks will happen.2008 Prentice Hall4-5 6. Guidelines for Writing a Business Plan (1 of 4) Structure of the Business Plan To make the best impression, a business plan should follow a conventional structure, such as the outline for the business plan shown in the chapter. Although some entrepreneurs want to demonstrate creativity in everything they do, departing from the basic structure of the conventional business plan format is usually a mistake. Typically, investors are very busy people and want a plan where they can easily find critical information.2008 Prentice Hall4-6 7. Guidelines for Writing a Business Plan (2 of 4) Structure of the Business Plan (continued) Software Packages There are many software packages available that employ an interactive, menu-driven approach to assist in the writing of a business plan. Some of these programs are very helpful. However, entrepreneurs should avoid a boilerplate plan that looks as though it came from a canned source. Sense of Excitement Along with facts and figures, a business plan needs to project a sense of anticipation and excitement about the possibilities that surround a new venture. 2008 Prentice Hall4-7 8. Guidelines for Writing a Business Plan (3 of 4) Content of the Business Plan The business plan should give clear and concise information on all the important aspects of the proposed venture. It must be long enough to provide sufficient information yet short enough to maintain reader interest. For most plans, 25 to 35 pages is sufficient. Types of Business Plans There are three types of business plans, which are shown on the next slide. 2008 Prentice Hall4-8 9. Guidelines for Writing a Business Plan (4 of 4) Types of Business Plans2008 Prentice Hall4-9 10. Outline of Business Plan Outline of Business Plan A suggested outline of a business plan is shown on the next several slides. Most business plans do not include all the elements introduced in the sample plan; we include them here for the purpose of completeness. Each entrepreneur must decide which elements to include in his or her plan.2008 Prentice Hall4-10 11. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (1 of 10) Cover Page and Table of Contents The cover page should include the name of the company, its address, its phone number, the date, and contact information for the lead entrepreneur. The Executive Summary The executive summary is a short overview of the entire business plan; it provides a busy reader with everything that needs to be known about the new ventures distinctive nature. In many instances, an investor will first ask for a copy of the executive summary and will request a copy of the full business plan only if the executive summary is sufficiently convincing. 2008 Prentice Hall4-11 12. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (2 of 10) The Business The most effective way to introduce the business is to describe the opportunity the entrepreneur has identified that is, the problem to solve or the need to be filledand then describe how the business plans to address the issue. The description of the opportunity should be followed by a brief history of the company, along with the companys mission statement and objectives. An explanation of the companys competitive advantage and a brief description of the business model follow.2008 Prentice Hall4-12 13. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (3 of 10) Management Team As mentioned earlier, one of the most important things investors want to see when reviewing the viability of new ventures is the strength of its management team. If the team doesnt pass muster, most investors wont read further. The material in this section should include a brief summary of the qualifications of each member of the management team, including his or her relevant employment and professional experiences, significant accomplishments, and educational background. 2008 Prentice Hall4-13 14. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (4 of 10) Company Structure, Ownership, and Intellectual Property This section should begin by describing the structure of the new venture, including the reporting relationships among the top management team members. The next part of the section should explain how the firm is legally structured. The third part of this section should discuss the intellectual property the firm owns, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights.2008 Prentice Hall4-14 15. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (5 of 10) Industry Analysis This section should begin by discussing the major trends in the industry in which the firm intends to compete along with important characteristics of the industry, such as its size, attractiveness, and profit potential. This section should also discuss how the firm will diminish or sidestep the forces that suppress its industrys profitability. The firms target market should be discussed next, along with an analysis of how it will compete in that market.2008 Prentice Hall4-15 16. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (6 of 10) Marketing Plan This marketing plan should immediately follow the industry analysis and should provide details about the new firms products or services. After reading this section of the plan, an investor should be confident that the firms overall approach to its target market and its product strategy, pricing strategy, channels of distribution, and promotional strategy are in sync with one another and make sense.2008 Prentice Hall4-16 17. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (7 of 10) Operations Plan This section of the plan deals with the day-to-day operations of the company. An overview of the manufacturing plan (or service delivery plan) should be followed by a description of the network of suppliers, business partners, and service providers that will be necessary to build the product or produce the service the firm will sell. Any risks or regulations pertaining to the operations of the firm should be disclosed, such as nonroutine regulations regarding waste disposal and worker safety. 2008 Prentice Hall4-17 18. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (8 of 10) Financial Plan The financial section of the plan must demonstrate the financial viability of the business. A careful reader of the plan will scrutinize this section. The financial plan should begin with an explanation of the funding that will be needed by the business during the next three to five years along with an explanation of how the funds will be used. This information is called a sources and uses of funds statement. The next portion of this section includes financial projections, which are intended to further demonstrate the financial viability of the business. 2008 Prentice Hall4-18 19. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (9 of 10) Financial Plan (continued) The financial projections should include three to five years of pro forma income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flows, as described in Chapter 8. It is important to remember that the business plan should be based on realistic projections. If it is not and the company gets funding or financing, there will most certainly be a day of reckoning. Investors and bankers hold entrepreneurs accountable for the numbers in their projections.2008 Prentice Hall4-19 20. Exploring Each Section of the Plan (10 of 10) Critical Risk Factors Although a variety of potential critical risks may exist, a business should tailor this section to depict its truly critical risks. Appendix Any material that does not easily fit into the body of a business plan should appear in an appendix. Examples of materials that might appear in the appendix include: Resumes of the top management team members, photos or diagrams of product