Please download the template documents in advance of the session, feel free to bring your laptop to work along with the presentation (note: there are three versions of the same Financial Template and Business Plan Template for services, products, or restaurant, choose the one most relevant to your business):

Having a tough time getting your business ideas on paper?  

So you’ve got a feasible business idea, and now want to take things more seriously.  How do you get your ideas on paper so that it’s easy for other stakeholders to understand and for you to execute?

Learn to tailor your business plan to the right audience: are you taking it to a funder to try and secure financing; are you using the plan for your own internal guidance; or is it for both?

Gain an understanding of the key components of writing a meaningful business plan and how each section connects to one another to tell a compelling story about why your business will be successful, and how you will get there doing it!  We will explore the core sections typically included in a business plan:

  • Company Profile;

  • Market Research;

  • Marketing Plan;

  • Operations;

  • Finance.

This session runs approximately twice per month and is limited to a small group to allow for questions and answers directly with our business consultant.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you for your interest in starting or growing your business.  We want to be able to give you and other businesses continuous support through the development and growth of your business.  In order to provide businesses with this support, we need to collect data about your business, progress and growth.

To be eligible to receive this free consultation / information session / workshop with our office, you must agree to complete a 5-10 minute follow-up phone call or electronic survey from our office, in 2-3 months time to discuss the status and growth of your business idea or existing business (i.e., whether the business started or not, whether the business' revenue/jobs/financing have grown or expanded, etc.).  Information is collected confidentially and will be used by the City of Markham and the Province of Ontario to provide statistical information on entrepreneurs in order to study small business trends in Ontario.

Of course, if you need some additional help or advice before that follow-up, you are always welcome to contact us directly!

If you have a simple, one-off question, please email or call our office, and we'd be happy to help you find what you're looking for!

Note: Follow-up contact is limited to your business progress and what you discuss with our consultant.  We will not add your contact to any distribution or e-mail list, unless you specifically request to be added.

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