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Business Plans & Proposals

A guide to resources for learning the elements to include in your business plan and how to write a plan that will positively support your application for a business loan.

Organization Links

Central Indiana SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
Indy Chamber
111 Monument Circle, Suite 1950
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7232
Provides free counseling to help develop business plans and solve problems in existing businesses.

Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana/Central Indiana Women's Business Center
Indy Chamber
111 Monument Circle, Suite 1950
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 917-3266
Free one-on-one business coaching, business workshops, and microloan program.

SBA Indiana
U.S. Small Business Administration - Indiana District Office
8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 226-7272
Counseling and training sessions are available to those starting or running businesses.

SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business)
8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 401
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 226-7264
Offers one-on-one counseling and "Simple Steps to Start a Business" workshops.Registration is required.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where can I find a template that I can fill in for a business plan?

Templates for four different styles of business plans are provided by the University of Colorado.

Web Sites

Online Databases

Business Source Premier
Provides full text for more than 2,800 scholarly business journals. Locate articles from well-known business periodicals.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full-text of the multi-volume set Business Plans Handbook (by Gale). Samples of actual business plans.

Business Insights: Global
Database of detailed company and industry news and information (company profiles, brands, rankings, histories, investment reports).

This multi-faceted database provides information on businesses and companies.

Small Business Resource Center
Includes sample business plans from the multi-volume set Business Plans Handbook.

Library Materials

Handbook For Writing Proposals

Handbook For Writing Proposals
Hamper, Robert J.
658.15224 HAM 2011

Business Plans Kit For Dummies

Business Plans Kit For Dummies
Peterson, Steven
658.4012 PET 2014


Writing Winning Business Proposals

Writing Winning Business Proposals
Freed, Richard C.
658.15224 FRE 2011

Successful Business Plans in a Week

Successful Business Plans in a Week
Maitland, Iain
658.4012 MAI