Automated Business Plan Template - SBA's tool designed to help you build a business plan. At the end of the program you will be able to generate and save a formatted business plan which can later be further modified or presented as a final product.
Business Plan Archive - A collection of (primarily dot com) business plans archived by the University of Maryland.
Bplans.com - Find, view, download and edit sample business plans.
Business Planning Software - Includes a collection of resources for planning your business, documenting your plan and evaluating your strategy.
Guide to Writing a Business Plan - Helps new or existing business owners take an objective look at their business, identify areas of strength and weakness, pinpoint needs that otherwise might be overlooked, spot opportunities early, and begin planning how best to achieve their goals.
INVenture Business Planner - Free, online business planning tool with a self-assessment that asks key questions and produces a downloadable, personalized business plan. A tutorial provides a helpful walkthrough.
Ministry of Agriculture and Lands - Government of British Columbia site offering nine commodity-specific business plans providing business organization, financial, production, marketing and human resource information for planning within the context of the agricultural business.
vFinance - Offers business plan services and sample business plan templates.
Virtual Restaurant - Provides a business plan outline and a sample business plan for a family restaurant. A set of 22 linked Excel spreadsheets that do financial modeling for restaurant venture business plans are viewable and available for purchase.
Evaluating Your Business Idea - Examine your business idea and determine your potential for success before you spend time and money developing a business plan. Honest answers to this feasibility study will identify areas of strength and concern and provide insight into your market, competitors, start-up costs, sales and financing to help you make an educated decision about moving forward.
How to Research a Business Opportunity - Protect yourself by learning what a business opportunity really is, how the government regulates them and the steps you should take to ensure you've found the best opportunity available (from Entrepreneur).
Selecting a Business That Fits - SBA podcast. Starting a business must be pursued for the right reasons or it is destined to fail. Explores importance of selecting a business that blends with your interests and skills. or (transcript)
How to Find the Best Location - A guide to scouting out a location for your food or retail business, sizing up demographics and getting the help you need (from Entrepreneur).
Start-up guides and assistance
The Basics - First section of "Doing Business in Missouri." Provides information to new or existing business owners on the skills needed to operate a small business and some common reasons small businesses fail.
Business.USA.gov - The U.S. government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing and exporting. It is designed to provide access to online resources and services of Federal, state, and local Government as well as those of non-profit and educational organizations supporting businesses.
ChooseWhat - Reviews the latest business tools to help you get your business off the ground without breaking the bank or wasting time. Helps small business owners and entrepreneurs make informed decisions on the right tools and products for their business.
Doing Business in Missouri - Designed to provide information to new or existing business owners; includes sections covering basics, business plan, legal info, taxes and hiring employees.
Feasibility Checklist - Checklist for the owner-manager of a small business enterprise or for one contemplating going into business for the first time. From the State of Illinois business portal.
Green Guide for New Businesses - 10 steps to help you develop an environmental strategy for your business, and get you on your way to becoming energy efficient, compliant with environmental regulations and a recognized "green business." From SBA.
How to Start and Manage a Home-based Business - Discussion of the marketing and management skills necessary to succeed in operating a home-based business, plus information on licenses, regulations, legal structure, taxes, insurance, recordkeeping and business plans.