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Business Plan Development Logo cgma

  Free for CGMA designation holders |   Harvard Business Publishing |   2014 |   01:30 h |   Harvard ManageMentor

This online course from Harvard ManageMentor takes you step by step through the process of preparing an effective plan for a business proposal. The steps you will learn are applicable to launching a new internal product as well as seeking funding for a new start-up business.


  • The business plan overview
  • Shaping the process
  • The Structure of the business plan
  • Opening sections
  • The executive summary
  • The business description
  • The business environment analysis
  • Industry background
  • The marketing plan
  • The operations plan
  • The management summary
  • The financial plan
  • Attachments and milestones

Includes a sample business plan plus tools, tips, worksheets and practice scenarios that you can use at your own pace and convenience. 

Topics covered:
  • Management accounting: Business: Strategy, Advanced

• Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows 7 • Required Software: Microsoft Office 2000+, Acrobat Reader 8.X+, Flash 9.X • Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer IE 6+ or Firefox 2.0+, JavaScript enabled, Sun Java JRE 1.5.0+ (AICC implementations only) • Required Settings: cookies enabled

1 Comments/Reflections

Javed Sultan

Javed Sultan Feb 2016

Within my new role I am required to both prepare and evaluate business plans. This course has enabled to understand how a business plan plan is put together and ultimately ensure that all elements of it are covered. It has taught me to understand the importance of the requirements of an appropriate audience. Furthermore I have learned the key components of the business plan and how each element contributes to the overall success of business plans.