Business Plans

Business PlansThe importance of a comprehensive, thoughtful business plan cannot be overemphasized. Much hinges on it: outside funding, credit from suppliers, management of your operation and finances, promotion and marketing of your business, and achievement of your goals and objectives.

Just as a builder won't begin construction without a blueprint, eager business owners shouldn't rush into new ventures without a business plan.

A business plan precisely defines your business, identifies your goals, and serves as your firm's resume. It helps you allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make good business decisions.

Because it provides specific and organized information about your company and how you will repay borrowed money and define your goals, a good business plan is a crucial part of any loan application or business venture.

Before you begin writing your business plan, consider four core questions:

  • What service or product does your business provide and what needs does it fill?
  • Who are the potential customers for your product or service and why will they purchase it from you?
  • How will you reach your potential customers?
  • Where will you get the financial resources to start your business?

Westar Trade Resources has effectively assisted clients to plan, develop, and implement successful business plans. The company has prepared Business Plans for a wide variety of USDA grant and loan guarantee applications. For more information and a confidential, free consultation, contact us at

Click here to download an outline of an acceptable business-level USDA Business Plan.