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Plan Your Business

Learn about business plans, market research, and other important steps you’ll need to take when starting a business.

Make a Business Plan

What is a business plan?

A business plan is a document you create that acts like a roadmap for how to make your business successful. No matter what industry you’re in, a business plan can help you clarify what you do, what clients you serve, and how you can best serve them. It can also map out what your operating expenses are and whether you will need to take out a loan or access other funding to get your business off the ground. 

Why does your business need a business plan?

Aside from being an essential tool to help you manage your business, banks and other financial institutions may require a business plan before they will provide a loan. A business plan will also make it easier for you to work with local and federal support organizations.

How do I create a business plan?

Learn more about Business Plans and find templates to get started from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Conduct Market Research

What is Market Research?

Market research helps you determine the demand for the goods or services your business offers. It can help you identify who your customers are, what they want, and how much they will pay. Market research can also help you identify any seasonal or location-specific trends related to your product or service.

Why do I need market research?

Understanding the market is critical to the success of your business. Without adequate market research, you may price your goods and services incorrectly, or target the wrong customers. Conducting market research early on can help you avoid many of the pitfalls facing new or growing businesses. 

How can I conduct market research?

Market research is a broad topic, but you can find many resources specific to your business or industry through the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Seek Out Support

Why should I seek out support?

When starting or growing a new business, finding an inspiring mentor can make a meaningful difference to your success. Experienced mentors can provide industry-specific knowledge, operations expertise, and moral support to help you navigate the day-to-day challenges of running a business.

How can I contact entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs)?

Entrepreneurial Support Organizations are a great way to connect with potential mentors, and welcome contact from entrepreneurs at any point in their small business journey. The following is a list of ESOs working within the Kansas City small business community:

The Small Business Resource Navigator through KCMO is designed to help you find support organizations that can help you grow your business.