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May 18, 2009

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John Krech

I agree - do a business plan - not to obtain funding but to survive. Two thirds of new businesses fail within seven years. Inexperience and poor inventory management are among the top reasons.

Do a business plan to go thorough areas and details that will overcome inexperience, lack of resources, etc....Don't put your head in the sand. Create a plan and use it regularily - adapt and evolve as you go.

Anne Field

And I also agree. Business plans are vital for developing your business. Also,while venture-backed firms get a lot of press, how many small companies actually seek VC funding? Not that many.

I wrote about this on my blog, Not Only for Profit, on the True/Slant blog network. I do find it frustrating that so much ink is devoted to companies with VC money.

david ronick

The trick is to strike a balance between planning and action. Focus on your powerpoint pitch deck http://tinyurl.com/c9nprd not on a text-based plan. Here's a guide to what to include on each slide: http://tinyurl.com/cnpzqv

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