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Business Planning

Business_CounselingA plan in your head is good. A well thought out plan on paper is even better. Writing a business plan doesn't have to be intimidating. Iowa offers many resources to assist you with developing a business plan.

Meet with a Counselor

Several organizations throughout the state offer free one-on-one sessions with trained counselors. Counselors act as sounding boards as you move from evaluating your idea to planning your business and can address a number of start-up issues, including markets, competition, operations and your business plan. When you contact a potential counselor, be specific about what information you need and what kind of business you are starting so you can be matched with the best resource.

Before meeting with a counselor, make note of the following:
  • Questions from your market research
  • Concerns about how your business will operate
  • Issues about competition or location

Business_PlanPlan Your Business

Here are some helpful resources to help you with putting together a business plan:
  • Find counseling in your area through the Resource Navigator. Under “Area of Assistance,” select “Starting a Business.” From there, also select “Start-Up Business Counseling" under “Specific Need."
  • Be sure to contact the Business Concierge for free market research for your business plan or to request an industry specific template for your use.
  • Check out our page on the Business Model Canvas for another way to think through and plan your business.