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STEM: Business Plan

STEM Business Plan - sources used to compile a business plan for Lawnba (robotic mower product)

Business Plans

Starting a business plan is an extremely tedious process that causes a lot of anxiety for those who don't have a business background.  Bplans allows you to search on a lot of different plans and gives examples of how individual sections should be written. 

This is a free resource, so while there is a ton of great information, there is also a lot of 3rd-party advertising.

Examples of businesses to use for this workshop

Business Services

  • Accountant
  • Professional Employer Organization
  • Soft Skills Employee Trainer
  • Trade Association
  • Turnkey Office


  • Computer Consultant
  • Computer Repair
  • Internet Marketing Consultant 
  • Web Services

Healthcare and Fitness

  • Assisted Living Faciltiy
  • Home Health Care Provider
  • Yoga Studio

Household Services

  • Landscaper
  • Kitchen and bath designer
  • Self Storage Operator

Personal Services

  • Financial Planner
  • Pet Sitter
  • Tutoring Service

Real Estate

  • Home Inspector
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Real Estate Auctioneer

Other ideas

  • Childcare
  • Taxi/Uber driver
Works cited:
Roberts, R., & Kahn, S. (2000). 101 best businesses to start. New York: Broadway Books. 
Pearce, L. M. (2004). Business plans handbook: A compilation of actual business plans developed by businesses throughout North America. Detroit, MI: Gale.