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Small businesses account for 99.9% of all firms and are directly responsible for more than half of the new jobs created in the United States. In this course, you have learned about small business models, financing, forecasting, accounting, and management. For this assignment, you will develop a 2,000-2,500-word small business plan.
To start, you should create a fictional small business. You will then write a paper that incorporates all of the following components:
Business Desсrіption: Summarize your vision for the business. Explain your business model (e.g., direct sales, brick-and-mortar, click-and-mortar, or franchise) and describe the products or services your company will provide.
Industry Background: Provide a brief desсrіption of the background/history of the industry you have chosen for your business.
Financial Plan: Identify the short-term and long-term financial goals for your small business. Explain your plan to obtain financing for the business.
Sales Forecast: Provide an immediate (six-month), short-term (two-year), and long-term (five-year) sales forecast for your small business.
Feasibility Plan: Develop a feasibility plan to determine if your business can meet operating expenses. The feasibility plan should identify the target market for your business, identify and analyze your direct and indirect competitors, identify the organizational competence of your business, and perform a financial analysis to determine the viability and profitability of your company.
Exit/Succession Strategy: Describe how you will determine if the business is failing or ready for the next step and what your exit strategy will be. Whether you′d like to exit because your business is not doing well or sell because it′s profitable, you have a number of options available, such as selling to a competitor, a strategic buyer, or even selling to a diversified conglomerate. In addition, describe the succession strategy you will use if you decide to exit the business.
You may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use three sources and cite them using APA format. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor′s name).
Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the International Small Business Journal (ISBJ). You may use sources like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and OMICS International to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)