Sample business plans and templates
Sample business plans and templates can help you develop a professional document that will serve as an in-depth marketing tool to convince others of your venture's potential for success. However, creating your own plan can be a complex process, and you may need the assistance of a professional (like an accountant) depending on the type of business you have (or want to run), and what you are seeking in terms of investment.
An excellent place to start your search for good examples of business plans is the Canada Business Network office in your region. Our Business Information Officers are able to provide you with access to materials that can be tailored to your needs. Your local Canada Business Network centre offers a wealth of information, including practical tools, guides, and specific examples on how to start the planning process.
- Contact the Canada Business Network
The Canada Business Network has centres across the country that offer guidance, information and resources to help make your journey in business a successful one.
Business development organizations and Canadian banks have free templates, writing guides, sample plans, and even interactive tools available online. These resources allow you to walk through a plan line by line. You will get a sense of the information you might be asked to provide when you are looking for financing, for example.
While many of these online tools are free, you may choose to purchase software that will help you prepare your plans and forecasts.
Business development organizations
These organizations may provide tools to help their clients prepare professional business plans through their regional offices or via the Web.
- BDC business plan templates
You can create your own professional business plan with the help of BDC's sample plans and business plan template.
- Online Business Plan — CBDC
If you are a new or aspiring entrepreneur, you can use this guide to prepare a business plan.
- CYBF Business Plan Writer
Are you ready to start your business? You can use this online tool to develop, write, and download your business plan.
If you approach a bank for help with financing, the bankers will want your business plan to include the specific information they need to make their decision. These requirements may vary from one bank to another, and from one type of business to another. Therefore, if you know which institution(s) you would like to speak with, it's a good idea to see what key sections they would like included.
- Bank of Montreal's Business Coach Series
Find booklets, podcasts and planning resources that can help you start, grow and improve your business.
- Your Guide to Business Planning — CIBC
Start planning with the help of this line-by-line approach to business plan writing that takes you through the process one step at a time.
- Create the Plan — RBC Royal Bank
Learn about the seven key sections of a business plan and find examples to help you prepare your plan.
- Scotiabank — Scotia Plan Writer for business
You can use this interactive tool to help you create an effective business plan.
- TD Canada Trust Business Planner
Use this online business planning tool to develop a seamless business plan that can help you get off on the right foot.
Many business plan samples and templates are available from private sector organizations.
- Business Plans and Profiles Index
Find sample business plans and profiles for numerous small business types.
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