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Business Planning

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A 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

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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.



If you need help with your business plan for your Iowa based company, check out these organizations from our Resource Navigator who can help:

  • America's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa: America's SBDC Iowa provides free, customized business advice and low cost training to entrepreneurs and existing businesses, plus access to other information and experts.
  • Business Concierge: Starting or expanding your business is hard, finding help shouldn’t be. The Business Concierge provides actionable, business intelligence at no charge, personalized to meet your needs. We also connect you to our trusted network of experts that can help your business grow. Contact us through the phone, email, or on the web to get your most pressing business questions answered today!


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Need additional assistance?
Reach out to the Business Concierge - They can help you research and find local organizations who specialize in business planning.