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MBAB 5P23: Entrepreneurship

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

Organizational Resources

Organizational Resource CheckOrganizational Feasibility Analysis includes the assessment of:

  • management prowess: what is the ability of the initial management team?
  • resource sufficiency: what non financial resources such as human resource (management, employees), facilities/location, equipment, intellectual property protection, etc., are required?

Source: Barringer & Ireland (2012)

Startup Guides:

If you are starting a specific type of small business, such as a restaurant or a retail store, there often 'how to' books that might answer these types of questions. Try searching the Library's Omni Search, or Google Books to identify relevant titles.

Human Resources

Do you require employees with specialized skills? How hard will it be to recruit key employees? Consult these sources for more insight:

Facilities / Location & Production / Operations

The following sources can help when assessing production and operating requirements for your new product or service as well as the availability of affordable office, retail, manufacturing, of other types of spaces:

Sourcing Products, Equipment & Suppliers

Consult one of the following Canadian trade directories in order to identify companies that manufacture or distribute industrial products and services. Most directories allow you to search by company, product, or brand name, or to browse by category.

Library Databases:

Business Names, Incorporation & Other Legal Issues

The following sources provide information on business structures (e.g., incorporation), laws & regulations, business names, business permits, & business licenses.

Intellectual Property