Business planning

Find out how to write a business plan and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics.

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Why do you need a business plan?

A business plan is a valuable tool for every business owner, whether you are starting up, have been in business for years, or are looking to grow your business.

Writing your business plan

Learn which elements are considered essential in any business plan and the key points that should be included in each section of your plan.

Sample business plans and templates

Find sample business plans, free templates, writing guides and interactive tools to help you develop a professional business plan.

Business planning FAQs

Find answers to the questions that are most often asked about preparing a business plan.

Naming your business

Choose the name of your business carefully. It will represent you wherever you go!

Choosing and setting up a location

Trying to decide where to locate your business and how to arrange your space? Review these resources and consider your options.

Finance your start-up

Entrepreneurs often say that getting financing is the most challenging aspect of starting a business. There are both government and private-sector sources of financing that you can tap into to get your business off the ground.

Permits, licences and regulations

Information about the permits, licences and regulations that apply to your business.

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