So you’ve got an idea for a business, but you’re not sure where to start. Most lenders or investors will ask for a business plan and experts agree that going through the process of developing a business plan will help you vet your idea. To get started, consider these resources: 


The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a business plan template(s) and other guidance on their website, here:


The North Dakota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has developed a ‘Fill in the Blank’ Business Plan which can be accessed here:


As a source of free business mentoring, SCORE also has a template for developing business plans here: