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Sample business plans and templates can help you develop a professional document that will serve as an in-depth marketing tool to convince others of your venture's potential for success. However, creating your own plan can be a complex process, and you may need the assistance of a professional (like an accountant) depending on the type of business you have (or want to run), and what you are seeking in terms of investment.
An excellent place to start your search for good examples of business plans is the Canada Business Network office in your region. Our Business Information Officers are able to provide you with access to materials that can be tailored to your needs. Your local Canada Business Network centre offers a wealth of information, including practical tools, guides, and specific examples on how to start the planning process.
- Contact the Canada Business Network
The Canada Business Network has centres across the country that offer guidance, information and resources to help make your journey in business a success.
Business development organizations and Canadian banks have free templates, writing guides, sample plans, and even interactive tools available online. These resources allow you to walk through a plan line by line. You will get a sense of the information you might be asked to provide when you are looking for financing, for example.
While many of these online tools are free, you may choose to purchase software that will help you prepare your plans and forecasts.
Business development organizations
These organizations may provide tools to help their clients prepare professional business plans through their regional offices or via the Web.
If you approach a bank for help with financing, the bankers will want your business plan to include the specific information they need to make their decision. These requirements may vary from one bank to another, and from one type of business to another. Therefore, if you know which institution(s) you would like to speak with, it's a good idea to see what key sections they would like included.