For a business to succeed and to know where your business is going and how it will get to the goals that you set, a business plan is recommended. Having a business plan created for your business allows you to set annual goals, determine resources that you will need, identify your target area, and analyze your competitors.
If your business plan is not being used to solicit funding, you can create an informal plan that serves primarily as a planning tool and a device that will keep you on track. An informal plan can also be used to show to potential business associates and partners.
In all honesty, the majority of investors skim through business plans as they look for key terms and explanations. Although there are several sections that will be listed in your business plan, investors main focal points are the executive summary, company analysis, marketing segmentation, operational plan, and the financial analysis. However, it is always best practice to present a completed business plan to investors.
It is essential that your business plan reflects your personality and your goals. As the small business owner, you need to decide what your business’ short and long-term goals are, and you need to make the planning decisions. If you are not confident in your writing abilities, you might want to hire a business plan writer to rewrite your plan after you’ve taken a stab at a first draft. Reach out to one of our dedicated staff for further information regarding business plans.
There are a wide variety of software programs on the market designed to help you prepare a successful business plan. These programs vary, but most include a dedicated word processor, a detailed outline, and some interactive tools which can serve as a starting point for creating a plan. Much like using a consultant, don’t expect the software to write the plan for you. It is still up to you to make sure that the plan honestly reflects your business’ goals. Also, be on the
lookout for software that will generate a plan in a “cookie cutter” approach. You don’t want your business plan to look just like someone else’s. Your business plan needs to stand out from the pack to get noticed.
The amount required for a down payment for a business loan will vary depending on the type of loan and how much you need, along with your credit history. Due to the current economic downturn, we recommend that you have at least Five to Twenty percent of the loan amount for your business prior to requesting a loan. So, for example, if you are requesting a $500,000 loan,
then you should have $50,000 to $75,000 in capital as a down payment.
Free money that is given to organizations or companies from the government or charities that you do not have to pay back.
The following organizations and business entities are able to apply for:
Non-profit, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service
LLC’s and other entities as specified by the grantor
With programs that benefit a larger part of the population of a certain community; or promote medical, technological, environmental, religious, intellectual, or scientific advancements/innovations and/or general goodwill
U.S. citizens or permanent residents, at the time of application; 18 years old and above (for federal grants)
With grant programs that benefit a larger part of the population of a certain community or promote medical, technological, environmental, religious, intellectual, or scientific advancements, and/or general goodwill
No, each grants are listed at specific times and have deadlines to apply. It is best practice to research grants to see their start dates and deadlines to apply.
Each RFP proposals are different but on average it takes up to 21 days for submission. Rush deliveries are available with additional costs.
Yes, we can submit your application to different grant programs, all at the same time, as long as you or your organization and your program(s) match(es) the requirements of each funder. You must also submit your application by the funder’s deadline, if there is any. Rush deliveries are available with additional costs.