Before you get started on this assignment, watch the video below for some helpful tips on completing Assignment 4.
Assignment 4: Business Plan–Final
Due Week 10 and worth 150 points
This assignment consists of two sections: your final business plan and your business plan financials. Note: You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment.
You have completed all the necessary sections of your business plan and will now create a final draft. Use any/all feedback you have received to polish your plan to the point that you could confidently show it to investors and potential partners or customers.
Refer to the outline of a business plan beginning on page 399 of the course text. Not all businesses will include all these components in this order, but use the outline as a guide. Specifically, your plan will not require the development, milestones, and exit plan sections of the business plan.
Section 1: Business Plan–Final (MS Word or equivalent)
Construct a 10–30-page business plan. Note: Twenty pages are sufficient for most businesses.
- Write a 1 to 3-page executive summary for your business plan, in which you justify the following:
Note: Read Chapters 4 and 18 of the course text, Successful Business Plan. Use the plan preparation worksheets on pages 58-61 and the sample executive summaries on pages 62-66 to help guide you; choose to write either a synopsis summary or a narrative summary and include highlights from each section of your business plan.
- Combine all the sections stated below and revise your initial business plan draft, which you submitted in Week 8, based on feedback you have received.
- Executive summary
- Company description (Assignment 1)
- Industry analysis and trends (Assignment 1)
- Target market (Assignment 2)
- Competition (Assignment 2)
- Strategic position and risk assessment (Assignment 1)
- Marketing plan and sales strategy (Assignment 2)
- Operations plan (Assignment 3)
- Technology plan (Assignment 3)
- Management and organization plan (Assignment 3)
- Ethics and social Responsibility plan (Assignment 3)
- The Financials (Week 7 Discussion)
Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
- Cite the resources you have used to complete the exercise. Note: There is no minimum requirement for the number of resources used in the exercise.
- The paper must be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with 1-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
Section 2: Business Plan Financials (MS Excel worksheets bundled with course textbook)
For year one, submit a revised income statement, cash flow projection, and balance sheet from the “Business Plan Financials” Excel template based on your feedback from Assignment 3: Operations. Technology, and Management Plan with Financials. You will submit the entire completed and revised Excel worksheet.
The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:
- Construct a business plan with an executive summary that justifies a clear concept, a management structure, a market need, competitive advantages, and financial projections.