Dave Lavinsky

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Dave Lavinsky is a serial entrepreneur and the president and founder of Growthink, which since 1999, has helped hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs create business plans. Dave is also the founder of BusinessPlanTemplate.com, which provides templates for specific niches ranging from restaurants to internet businesses.
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How to Create a Fundable Business Plan

Business plans are created for various reasons. Sometimes a plan is prepared for a strategic partner. In this case, the partner might want to better understand your strategy, milestones and staffing to determine whether to work with you. Sometimes a business plan is created to convince prospective employees to join you. And oftentimes plans are...
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The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Modern Day Business Plan

For the past 20 years, my company and I have written business plans for thousands of firms. Interestingly, over this time, many aspects of business planning have stayed the same. Specifically, the three core reasons why entrepreneurs must create a business plan have not changed in decades. But today, business plans must deal with modern...
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Using Market Research to Create an Actionable Business Plan

Whether you are writing your business plan for investors or developing it for strategic purposes, including the right market research is critical. In fact, your market research is often the deciding factor regarding whether you get funding and/or whether you’re able to grow a successful business. In this article, I’ll share why market research is...
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The One Essential Element Most Business Plans Miss

Every entrepreneur or business owner knows they need a business plan to raise money. What most don’t know, however, is the kind of plan that attracts funding. Such business plans have one element that others don’t: they focus on marketing. Those business plans that are written as marketing documents are often the business plans that...