Opening a small business is a considerable undertaking and, when done thoroughly and thoughtfully, can be a personally and professionally rewarding experience. Once you have made the determination that opening a small business is for you, it is strongly recommended that you begin the process of developing a business plan.
There are numerous City-supported partner agencies that can help you develop a business plan, including the Ohio State Business Development Center (OSBDC), the Community Capital Development Center (CCDC), the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), SCORE Columbus and, of course, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
For example, the OSBDC provides outstanding one-on-one technical expertise designed to assist you in developing a solid business and marketing plans. At CCDC, you will be able to access a variety of affordable small business loans for your business or entrepreneurial endeavor to finance the growth and expansion of your business. ECDI has extensive training and technical assistance available to help clients acquire the knowledge and tools needed to succeed. ECDI further provides general micro-enterprise development training courses, during which entrepreneurs are given the tools needed to start and successfully manage a business. At SCORE you will received one-on-one advice from experienced business professionals who provide their services to you free of charge!
Lastly, the Columbus Chamber is an outstanding resource to generate connections, acquire various resources, and other solutions to help your business–and the Columbus region–thrive.
Topics covered in a standard business plan should include: • General Company Description
• Products and Services
• Marketing Plan
• Operational Plan
• Management and Organization
• Financial Plan
• Supporting Documentation