Business Resource Library

Business Planning

Advice and tips to plan your business!

How to Write an Effective Business Plan

A good business plan is an invaluable tool for any business owner, whether you are just starting your new enterprise, expanding or changing strategic direction.  Not only does it provide potential creditors, investors and business partners with essential information about your business, but it also provides you, the entrepreneur, with a clear “roadmap” to follow and a tool to measure your performance.  This guide is an outline of the basic business plan for a small business.

Date: 06/08/2017
Business Plan Resources Guide

A comprehensive list of resources to help you write your business plan.

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Date: 11/21/2016
Business Plan Checklist

Use this handy checklist to ensure that you have the necessary parts in your business plan.

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Date: 11/21/2016
Controlling Costs with Risk Management

What is risk?  Risk, in insurance terms, is the possibility of a loss or other adverse event that has the potential to interfere with an organization’s ability to fulfill its mandate, and for which an insurance claim may be submitted. This tool allows the user to select a type of risk and then identify and understand the exposure an organization would have to such risk. Risk management guarantees that the organization implements an effective plan to prevent losses or reduce the impact if a loss occurs.

Date: 05/28/2015
Creating Your Business Plan Workbook: A Step by Step Guide to Your Business Success

The Creating Your Business Plan Workbook is a comprehensive learning guide that takes you through each step of the business planning process—from thinking about starting a business to ticking off your business plan checklist.

  • Step 1: What will your business look like?
  • Step 2: What do you know about your industry, competition and potential customers?
  • Step 3: How will you find customers and help them buy your product or service?
  • Step 4: How will you run the business?
  • Step 5: Let’s talk about money
  • Step 6: What could possibly go wrong?
  • Step 7: Action plan
  • Step 8: Say it in 1000 words or less
  • Step 9: Supporting documents
  • Step 10: Final checklist and business plan outline

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Date: 05/28/2015
Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba Entrepreneurship Centre of Excellence Channel

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba and the WECM Entrepreneurship Centre of Excellence are launching a state-of-the-art online business plan development series.  Designed specifically for on-line, convenient time-of-choice delivery, the course modules will assist entrepreneurs gain an understanding of the importance of business planning. They will identify the critical components of a comprehensive and effective plan.  Using a step-by-step process, the business plan development series will help entrepreneurs explore their business concepts and then build the foundation
for a successful enterprise.

Date: 04/07/2014
Starting your Business Guide

From drafting a business plan to finding start-up money, this guide will help explain what you need to know in order to start a business and where you can find resources and information to support you along the way. You will also meet inspirational BC women who generously share their own business experiences throughout this guide.


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Date: 08/31/2011
Taking the Leap to Entrepreneurship Guide

This guide is not meant to cover the “nuts and bolts” of starting a business—there are other tools for that. Instead, we will explore the internal process and offer inspiration. Each section contains a list of additional resources, but don’t limit yourself to these. This guide is meant to educate and support women who are making the transition to self-employment.


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Date: 08/31/2011
Personal Characteristics Assessment

Although it helps to have certain character traits, success depends both on who you are and on having a strong business idea.  Use this assessment as an opportunity to utilize your top skills and work on developing your weakest skills prior to setting out on your new business venture - there are no “right” or “wrong” answers!

Date: 07/05/2011
Addressing and Creating a Product Need

So you’ve got a great new technology that is the best thing since e-mail, and you need now is the financing to commercialize it.  That’s great, but have you considered the most important question on the mind of all venture capitalists:  “Will anyone buy it?”

Date: 07/05/2011