Why do I need a business plan?
Although the preparation of a business plan is time consuming, it is important to business success. Completing the plan provides an opportunity to examine management, marketing, personnel and finance issues in an objective and organized way. The business plan becomes a useful tool in securing capital before start-up because it includes projections of the amount of financing needed for start-up and the early stages of a business. Later, the plan becomes your owner's manual guiding your daily operation and activities. Business planning is an ongoing activity.

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1. What do I have to do to start a business in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania?
2. What type of business structure is best for me?
3. Where can I get an application to apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number?
4. How do I obtain a business license in Westmoreland County?
5. How do I register a fictitious business name?
6. Where can I find the appropriate form(s)?
7. What is a business plan?
8. Why do I need a business plan?
9. Where can I find help developing my business plan?