Templates And Documentation

An Introduction to Lean Canvas for Emerging Businesses

by: Meera Unni Lean Canvas is an exciting  tool that lets new and emerging entrepreneurs model their business plans in a short, efficient, one page diagram. Using Lean Canvas quickly identifies factors to prioritize while also creating an effective jumping off point for brainstorming. Instead of making a long, detailed business plan that could take

Read more »

Personal Financial Statement Template

Getting a loan can often be complicated and somewhat frustrating. Maintaining a personal financial statement (saved on your computer) can eliminate much of the frustration of completing loan applications and can, in many instances, be used in place of the application (or sections of the application) entirely.

Read more »

Break Even Calculator

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, an essential asset for your company to support everyday operations. Use this calculator tool to determine whether your present cash flow is enough to cover your needs for payroll, loan payments, inventory purchases, and any other financial draws on your business resources.

Read more »

Cash Flow Template

Understanding the ebbs and flows of your organization’s cash will help you make smart management decisions that protect your core programs and overall sustainability. 
Managing cash flow requires three steps: planning the use of cash, anticipating any problems, and responding with appropriate management actions.

Read more »

Profit Increase Calculator

Discover how much extra profit your business could make. The profit increase calculator prompts you to enter your existing figures to determine your current net profit based on cash flow and other relevant factors. It then guides you through various performance improvement factors, showing you how minor improvements can impact your profit. 

Read more »

U.S. Small Business Administration: Export Business Planner

This innovative tool is designed to serve as your roadmap for creating your Export Business Plan, exploring foreign markets, developing a Marketing Plan, exploring financing, costing your product, and more. But unlike a traditional printed manual, this Planner is a “living” document, ready to be customized and continually updated by you.

Read more »

A Guide to the Seven Types of Business Insurance

Every business needs insurance. The types and amounts of insurance coverage you need varies depending on the type of business, size of business, and the amount of risk the business is willing to assume. If your business provides personal services or if you are operating the business without a corporate structure, you must consider your

Read more »

A Guide to Renting a Business Location

Choosing and leasing a location for your business is critical. The type of your business will dictate many of your decision-making factors. For example, a retail business that is dependent on walk-in traffic means that you must have a location where there are many people who have an interest in your product or service.

Read more »