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Small Business Hub: A Research Guide for Entrepreneurs

Plan Your Business

Turn your idea into a business. Part of the planning involves researching the market: What's the competition? What trends are happening in the industry? Who's your target market? The other piece is actually writing the business plan, a document that provides details on your proposed business for the first few years.


Starting points:

  1. Write down your business idea -- be as specific as possible.
  2. Do a quick internet search for your business idea. What else is out there? How is your business idea different?
  3. Brainstorm or compile a useful list of questions to prompt you to add details your business plan.

Suggested strategies:

Select Resources

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