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Business Plans and Proposals  

These resources will help guide you in creating business plans or proposals. Resources include books, ebooks, websites and other sources.
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Global Market Information Database (GMID)

Global Market Information Database (GMID) is useful for finding trends, trend forecasting and consumer markets.

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Market Planning

The Lexis Nexis EASI Market Planning Tool will help to formulate demographics for business plans and proposals.

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  E-Book Collections

  • Ebrary is a collection of over 15,000 electronic books which includes most subjects.  Titles are searchable in the online catalog 
  • Safari Tech Books Online is a collection of electronic books. All of the titles are searchable in the online catalog.
  • EBooks on EBSCOHost is a collection of over 40,000 electronic books. Titles are also searchable from the online catalog.

  Newest ebooks

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Model Business Letters, Emails and Other Business Documents - Shirley Taylor
Call Number: REF HF5726 .T373 2012
ISBN: 027375193X
Publication Date: 2012-06-06
"For anyone who wants to communicate effectively in business,this is your complete reference guide for any form of written communication."

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The complete idiot's guide to business plans - Sue Johnson
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 1592574009
The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Business Plansoffers both the tactical and economic considerations to start and sustain your company-- and keep ahead of the competition.

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Business plans for dummies - Paul Tiffany, Steven D. Peterson and Colin Barrow.
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 047074717X
Complete with a brand new business plan template to get you started this expert guide offers fresh advice on reading the competitive marketplace and assessing your business in the current economic climate.

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Alpha teach yourself business plans in 24 hours - Michael Miller
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 0028642163
"Alpha Teach Yourself Business Plans in 24 Hours" is a step-by-step guide for writing a business plan that any entrepreneur can provide to bankers, venture capital firms, and other potential investors. The author explains what investors look for in a business plan and shows how to create a plan that will result in funding and support. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.



 Business Plans and Proposals

McDermott Library has books which will be useful resources for helping you create a business plan or proposal for a class assignment or for entrepreneurial purposes. Often there will be very detailed, real world step-by-step instructions. Many of these books will also have sample business plans, executive summaries as well as financial analyses. 

Library of Congress Call Number Ranges: HD30.28


Government Documents

Government documents are  great resources for finding industry and consumer information when researching your market.


Lexis Nexis Academic

Lexis Nexis Academic is a multi-faceted resource; one of the ways to use it is for company information.


Important Resources

This list includes titles with appendices showing sample business plans.

  • Business plans that work. HD30.28 .T5766 2004 (Main Stacks, 4th floor)
  • The McGraw-Hill Guide to writing a high-impact business plan. HD30.28 .A75 1995 (Main Stacks, 4th floor) 
  • Tips & traps for writing effective business plansHD30.28 .B33 2007 (Main Stacks, 4th floor)
  • How to writen a successful business plan. HD30.28 .B775 1987 (Main Stacks, 4th floor)
  • Business models made easy. HD30.28 .D3965 2006 (Main Stacks, 4th floor)
  • Successful business modelsHD30.28 .D397 2003 (Main Stacks, 4th floor)
  • The entrepreneur's guide to building better business plans. HD30.28 .M3853 1992 (Main Stacks, 4th floor)
  • The total business plan.  HD30.28 .O35 1995  (Main Stacks, 4th floor)
  • Bankable business plans.  HD30.28 .R644 2004  (Main Stacks, 4th floor)



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