BizPlanIt: Virtual Business Plan Template: Major sections of a business plan and insight into the fundamentals of writing an effective business plan. Advice for avoiding common errors.
Bplans: How to Write a Business Plan: What is a business plan? Who needs a business plan? What makes a good plan? Different types of business plans. How long should a business plan be? Keys to better business plans. Common business plan mistakes. 100+ free sample business plans.
Free Sample Business Plans
Marketing Strategy Business Plan
BRS Center for Business Planning: Sample Business Plans; Guidelines for Business Planning; Over 600 Helpful Resources.
Business Owner’s Toolkit: Business Plan Components: Component elements of sample business plans for three fictitious companies.
Business Plan Software: Software; shareware; free ware; templates; samples; online tools; advice; guides.
Entrepreneur.com: Business Plans: Basics of creating a business plan, planning your business plan, the elements of a business plan, and getting help with your plan.
Entrepreneur.com: Business Startup Kits
Example Marketing Plan: Spree Watch Marketing Plan Summary: University of Baltimore
Gateway to Associations: Look up trade associations for industries.
Growthink: Business Plan Writing Help Center: Useful resources and ideas related to the business plan writing process.
HighBeam Business: Company profiles, industry reports, business articles.
Reference for Business: Business Plans Handbook: Actual business plans written by entrepreneurs in North America who are seeking financing for their business.
Sample Marketing Plan: Blue Sky Clothing: Iowa Central Community College
SBA: Create Your Business Plan: List of links from the Small Business Administration to sites that outline how to write a business plan, give samples of business plans, and offer advice on how to get the most out of your business plan.
SCORE: Business Planning Templates: Includes a business plan template for a start-up business and one for an established business.
The Tactics of Creating a Business Plan: Jack B. Hess. Provides an outline for a comprehensive business plan. Also included is a number of links to online resources and collections of data to help with the tactics of completing each section.
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ValuationResources.com: Industry and company information, economic data, and more.
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Ad*Access: Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. 5 subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.
Ad Council: Marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities of the media, and the resources of the business and non-profit communities to deliver critical messages to the American public.
Adflip.com: The world’s largest archive of classic print ads.
AdForum: Information provider focused on the global advertising industry. Includes information on over 20,000 agencies and 70,000 ads (tv, print, interactive, etc.) from around the world.
Advertising Age: Leading global source of news, intelligence and conversation for the marketing and media community. Ongoing coverage of strategic topics like CMO Strategy and data-driven marketing is complemented by breaking news on digital, social media and more.
All the Analysts: The latest reports, thoughts and trends in the world of industry analyst research (free and fee).
American Advertising Federation: Acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” It is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing professionals in the advertising industry.
American Marketing Association: One of the largest professional associations for marketers. A leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession.
American Association of Advertising Agencies: National trade association representing the advertising agency business in the U.S.
Brand Rants: Making sense of international marketing & brand strategy in the information age.
ConsumerReports.org: Mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.
Direct Marketing Association: Global trade association of business and nonprofit organizations using and supporting direct marketing tools and techniques.
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920: Presents over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the U.S.
International Advertising Association: Strategic partnership which champions the common interests of all the disciplines across the full spectrum of marketing communications – from advertisers to media companies to agencies to direct marketing firms – as well as individual practitioners.
KnowThis.com: Knowledge Source for Marketing Since 1998: Leading information and resource website for those involved in marketing, market research, advertising, selling, promotion, and other marketing-related areas.
MarcommWise: Marketing Communications information and resources, including articles, news, book reviews, profitability calculators, and glossary.
MarketingProfs: Specializes in providing strategic and tactical marketing know-how for marketing and business professionals in organizations worldwide through a full range of online media.
Marketing Research Association: MRA advances, protects and promotes, knowledge, standards, excellence, ethics, professional development and innovation, for the global market and opinion research profession.
Marketing Terms: Internet marketing reference and index of the best sites & articles.
MarketResearch.com: Pay site. The world’s largest and continuously updated collection of market research.
Market Research World: Online resources and research related articles relevant to market research buyers, researchers, newcomers to the industry, students and individuals with an interest in the market research industry.
MediaPost: Integrated publishing and content company whose mission is to provide a complete array of resources for media, marketing and advertising professionals.
Nielson: Provides clients the most complete understanding of what consumers watch and buy. Pay site but many free reports.
ResearchAndMarkets: Thousands of major research publications from leading publishers, consultants and analysts. Latest data on international and regional markets, key industries, top companies, new products and the latest trends.
Trade-Show-Advisor.com: Articles & resources designed to help business owners, marketers & exhibitors leverage all aspects of show involvement for optimal trade show success.
Web Marketing Today: Mission is to publish down-to-earth articles, tutorials, webinars, and podcasts to help smaller, local businesses succeed online.