Books & Beyond
Planning and Financing

The resources listed here include books and web sites that will help you create a business plan and secure financing.

Business Planning Handbooks

Anatomy of a Business Plan
(Nonfiction 658.4012 PINSON -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond)
Offers guidance for organizing ideas and writing a business plan.

Business Planning Guide
(Nonfiction 658.4012 BANGS -- Bend, Redmond)
Carefully details the business plan with sections on financial data, projections, and the financing proposal.  Includes sample plans and numerous worksheets.

Complete Book of Business Plans
(Nonfiction 658.4012 COVELLO -- Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver)
Concisely outlines the necessary steps to write an effective business plan.  Includes several actual sample plans.

Creating an Effective Business Plan
This online workshop, created by American Express, will help you create a business plan to guide your business through the start-up or growth phase.

Evaluating Your Business Idea
Not sure if your business idea is a good one?  Complete this interactive questionnaire to help you examine your business idea and determine your potential for success before you spend time and money developing a business plan.

How to Write a Business Plan
(Reference 658.15224 MCKEEVER -- Bend, Redmond)
(Nonfiction 658.15224 MCKEEVER -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver)
Chapters in this book cover such topics as the Benefits of a Written Business Plan, Your Profit and Loss Forecast, and Selling Your Business Plan.  There are a couple of sample plans and blank business forms included in the book's appendices.

SBA, Business Plan Basics
The Small Business Administration guides you through the steps of putting together a business plan.  Note the link to Specific Training for free online classes from the SBA.

Small Business Plan Guide
Internet directory of carefully selected web sites that will help you write your business plan.

Successful Business Plan
(Nonfiction 658.4012 ABRAMS -- Bend, Redmond)
This easy-to-use guide leads the reader through the process of preparing, writing and sending out a business plan.  Includes worksheets and a sample plan.

Your First Business Plan
(Nonfiction 658.4 COVELLO -- Bend, Redmond)
Simplifies the process by outlining the different parts of a business plan in an uncomplicated question-and-answer style.  Included is a glossary of planning and financial terms and a complete sample business plan.

Sample Business Plans

Business Plans Handbook
(Reference 658.4012 BUSINESS -- Bend, Redmond)
A collection of actual plans developed throughout North America.  A template in included as a model to help in the construction of your business plan.  Appendices include useful listings of associations, consultants, SBA regional offices, Small Business Development Centers, SCORE Offices, and venture capital and finance companies.

More Business, Sample Plans
Sample business and marketing plans for a wide variety of businesses.  See also the business calculators under Interactive Tools for assistance in calculating figures for your plan.

Sample Business Plans
Sample plans from the Small Business Development Center, National Information Clearinghouse.

SBA & Palo Alto Sample Business Plans
More sample plans.  See also the Business Planning Tools and Related Links in the menu to the left of the screen.

Franchise Information

American Association of Franchises and Dealers
A national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States.  Locate franchise opportunities and learn the steps to purchasing a franchise.

Bond’s Franchise Guide
(Reference 381.13 BOND'S -- Bend, Redmond)
(Nonfiction 381.13 BOND'S -- Bend)
Lists over 2,000 franchising opportunities with in-depth profiles on over half.  Useful for those individuals seeking investment and/or ownership opportunities in franchises.

Franchise Annual
(Reference 381.13 FRANCHISE -- Bend, Redmond)
Provides basic information for over 4,500 franchisers, organized by category and geography, for the United States, Canada and overseas.

Franchise Bible
(Nonfiction 658.8708 KEUP -- Bend)
This guide tells you how buy a franchise or franchise your own business.  Learn how to determine if owning a franchise is right for you, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of franchising and understand the legal terms and documents associated with franchising

Franchise Handbook
Online directory of available franchises. See also the site's Articles and Links sections for more information about franchising.
Worldwide directory of franchise opportunities. 

Ultimate Book of Franchises
(Reference 658.8708 LESONSKY -- Bend, Redmond)
(Nonfiction 658.8708 LESONSKY -- Bend)
Provides practical, how-to advice to guide you through every step to franchise ownership. Includes a list of franchise companies, advice on researching franchise options, and tips for negotiating a successful franchise agreement.


Angel Investing
(Nonfiction 658.15224 VAN OSNABR -- Bend)
Provides an inside look at who angel investors are and how they operate.  It also shows how angels and entrepreneurs can best find each other.

Business Finance
Search the funding criteria of over 4,000 sources for business loans, venture capital, equipment leasing and commercial real estate financing.  Note also the "how-to" workbooks and searchable business databases.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance 
Access a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.  After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply.

Directory of Venture Capital
(Reference 332.66 LISTER -- Bend)
Covers more than 600 venture capital firms.  Also explains what venture companies look for in a business partnership, how best to approach the company for funds, what level of returns venture capitalists expect, and what investments they prefer in terms of geography, size of company, portfolio, stage of funding, and personal interests.

Free Money From the Federal Government for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
(Reference 658.15224 BLUM -- Bend)
Directory of sources of grants and loans from more than fifty government agencies.

Oregon Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund
This fund offers initial direct loans up to $25,000 and additional follow-on loans up to $15,000 to qualified applicants.  Review the web site for eligibility and application procedures.

Pratt’s Guide to Venture Capital Resources
(Reference 332.66 PRATT’S -- Bend)
The main section lists venture capital firms by state.  Information for firms include type of firm, managers, staff, and contact people, investing criteria and preferences (industry, geographic, etc.).  Also features articles and essays on how to obtain venture capital, preparing a business plan, strategic partnerships, working with a venture capitalist, and more.

SBA, Financing Your Business
Online access to the qualification and application process to obtain SBA financing.  Note the section on SBA Loan Programs where you can read about the programs and their eligibility requirements.

SBA Loan Book
(Reference 658.15224 GREEN -- Bend, Redmond)
(Nonfiction 658.15224 GREEN -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond)
Provides step-by-step instructions on how to move through the complex maze of eligibility, qualification, and approval needed to get SBA financing.

Provides and extensive directory of venture capital sources and related services.  You must register to use the directory, but registration is free.

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Last modified on Thursday, October 22, 2009