Business Plan Resources

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As you think about opening a business, you may consider developing a business plan. The guides and courses below can help you with this process. If you would like to work with an expert, feel free to reach out to any of the agencies below.

For business planning counseling, you can contact SCORE Chicago or a Small Business Development Center.

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Illinois SBDC Network A Step-by-Step Business Plan Workbook
A step-by-step tool to develop your plan

SCORE Chicago Business Plan Guides, Templates & More
How-Tos, Blog posts, Templates & Tutorials

With more than 100 counselors, you have access to experts in many skill areas and numerous industries. SCORE can also arrange Spanish speaking or women counselors. SCORE counselors are successful executives and business owners who can help you on a wide variety of business issues like financing, marketing or importing. All mentoring and consulting services are free.

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Chicago, IL 60661
Chicago Public Library Business Plan Handbooks
400+ actual business plans to use as models in developing your own.  Accessible at any CPL computer, or with a CPL card.

IL SBDC/Duman Entrepreneurship Center @ JVS Chicago Business Plan Template – Narrative
Business Plan Template – Cash Flow
These are two templates that JVS often uses.


WBDC Plan for Profit - Course
A 16 session series offered twice a week to help participants develop a full business plan from feasibility all the way through financial projections

Developing Your Childcare Business - Course
A 10-week program that delivers all the information you'll need to start your own child care business


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