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MBAB 5P23: Entrepreneurship

A guide to sources useful for researching and writing a business plan.

Financial Resources

Dollar SignThese resources can help you to:

  • Understand industry cost structures and levels of capital intensity
  • Compare the financial performance of similar businesses in your chosen industry
  • Estimate your startup costs and forecast sales
  • Find sources of startup funding

Industry Financial Statement Data Sources

  • What is the cost structure of similar businesses in your chosen industry? Is the industry capital or labour intensive?
  • It is possible to benchmark your pro-forma financial statement data by type of business, size of business, and by line of business (e.g. industry or NAICS) using these sources:

Library Databases:

Estimate Startup Costs & Forecast Sales

Funding Your Startup