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Business and Marketing

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Developing a Business Plan
Sources of Capital
Marketing
Insurance
Federal and State Small Business Resources Other Business Resources

Developing a Business Plan [top of page]

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Title
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U.S. Small Business Administration Writing a Business Plan Everything you need to know about business plans including elements of a good plan and templates.
New Hampshire Small Business Development Center A Guide to Writing a Business Plan for the Small Business Owner Includes a business plan outline plus a simplified version. Also includes worksheets for evaluating and developing your business idea.
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Developing a Business Plan for Value-Added Agricultural Products (pdf) A four-page summary of business plans.
Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center

Complete Solutions for Food Producers and Entrepreneurs

Provides technical assistance, workshops and resources on business planning.

Sources of Capital [top of page]

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Title
Description
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Capital Sources for Your Business Fact sheet that describes the 5 C’s of credit, types of capital, and ten sources of capital.

Marketing [top of page]

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Title
Description
Ohio State University Understanding Marketing Brief fact sheet that outlines marketing questions to consider.
Missouri Cooperative Extension Home-Based Business-Market Your Product Details methods of promoting products.
Kansas State University Marketing – What Needs to be Done (pdf) An 8-page fact sheet briefly covering major aspects of marketing.
Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center

Complete Solutions for Food Producers and Entrepreneurs

Provides technical assistance, workshops and resources on business planning.

Insurance [top of page]

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Description
University of Maine Cooperative Extension How to Insure Your Business Developed for home-based businesses, this bulletin provides in overview of types of insurance.

Federal and State Small Business Resources [top of page]

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Description
Federal Government U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) This website provides a variety of information on starting, financing and managing a small business. Includes links to state SBA sites.
Federal Government U.S. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Administered by SBA, these centers provide management assistance to small businesses.
Connecticut Connecticut Small Business Development Centers  
Maine Maine Small Business Development Centers - site1, site2 & site3  
Massachusetts Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers  
New Hampshire New Hampshire Small Business Development Centers - site1 & site2  
Rhode Island Rhode Island Business Development Center  
Vermont Vermont Small Business Development Centers
 

Other Business Resources [top of page]

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Description
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Small and Home-Based Business Virtual Resource Library A website connecting to a variety of information and resources.