Business Plans for Startups
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Join the azLearning Financial Education Series for an intense and focused course for early stage start-ups and new businesses designed to achieve success with their business plans. Build an effective business plan and a high quality executive summary. Approach your next steps with your new venture with confidence.
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|Section 1: Course Introduction|
|An introduction to the azLearning Financial Education Series and the course: Business Plans for Startups. The instructor, who this course is for, course goals and the approach to business plan development are introduced.|
Business Plan Realities reviews and discusses the quote that will set startups free, how not to waste time with business plans and what can be learned from recent billion dollar business plans.
|Section 2: Producing the Business Plan|
The Plan I lecture introduces the business plan. It compares the pitch with the business plan. Recommendations about how to organize, structure and deliver the pitch are included. The importance of the introduction and conclusion is reviewed. Comments about the call-to-action within the pitch are noted.
|The business plan is introduced. A 9-section business plan outline is provided and reviewed. Business plan examples, recommendations, strategies and startup ideas are examined.|
|The Executive Summary is introduced and compared to the business plan. An Executive Summary template is reviewed with an analysis of the key content elements. The strategic importance of The Executive Summary is emphasized.|
|Section 3: More Ideas|
|Financing options for your startup. The importance of The Executive Summary in raising capital for your business is re-emphasized. Recommendations for working with Angel investors are provided. Legal counsel for fundraising is noted.|
|The course conclusion to Business Plans for Startups.|
Additional motivating and interesting startup quotes to encourage you to think and get started.
|Lecture 9||4 pages|
We thought we would illustrate a contrasting view concerning the comments we made about the SWOT analysis tool in Lecture 2. The bottom line here is this: do not chase down every possible internet start-up article and include the material in your plan.
|Lecture 10||4 pages|
Additional quotes to consider and which may inspire entrepreneurs. We have found many quotes help inform from a different perspective and also may spur innovation and creativity.
|Quiz 1||15 questions|
An engaging and fun quiz for our course, Business Plans for Startups.
Lawrence Jakows is a Director for azLearning and is presently involved in private equity. Lawrence is currently focused on the intersection of technology, learning and global finance. He has led several product launches and worldwide marketing campaigns.
Prior to founding azLearning, he held positions at Merrill Lynch as a CFM and with Harris Corporation in financial analysis.
Lawrence speaks at industry events.
Lawrence received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and his BS from Villanova University.
He currently lives in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.