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Resources for Business Plan Writing

The Wharton SBDC offers a five-part workshop called Strategic Business Planning in which entrepreneurs develop skills, methods, and strategies as they draft their business plans.
Fee is $325

SBA Business Plan Basics
Sample Business Plans
A selection of alternative resources that support business plan writing in the Philadelphia area are identified below. It is always prudent to contact each organization directly for current information on program availability, restrictions, and registration fees.

Temple Small Business Development Center
The Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series (ESWS) benefits start-up to mature businesses. The 10-week ESWS provides attendees with the tools and information needed to write a professional business plan. Students receive one-on-one attention and professional feedback as they develop their business plans.

Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC)
WORC offers a Startup: Start Smart, Self-Employment Training course, in which students use next level marketing and formal business structures to incorporate a highly developed written business plan. Successful graduates are invited to participate in the WORC lending program. The program lasts six weeks with meetings twice a week.

Women’s Business Development Center  (215) 790-9232
The Women’s Business Development Center offers a nine-session, fast track course, and an eleven-session feasibility course which goes through the business plan step-by-step.

Entrepreneur Works
The Business Skills Course is a multi-part course that is designed to teach the fundamentals of running a small business. Obtain financing, learn from experts in your industry, network with fellow entrepreneurs, and work with business consultants for free.

Kutztown University Small Business Development Center
The Kutztown SBDC offers three online seminars. The first, Crafting a Business Plan, is about the craft of creating a plan for your business. The second, Developing a Business Plan, takes you through the step-by-step process of developing a business plan. The third, Strategic Planning and Execution, puts forth the innovative mechanisms of internal and external strategy which are based on the findings of a new body of research into the strategy-making processes of successful growing ventures.
Online courses are free of charge.

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National Financing Programs & General Financing Information

Philadelphia Area Early-Stage Funding Groups

Philadelphia Area Loan Programs

Philadelphia Area Micro-Loan Programs

Philadelphia Area Incubators and Accelerators

Angel Investor Networks

National & Regional Grant Resources

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Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development; through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration, and through support from The University of Pennsylvania. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 215.898.4861. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.