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Executive Summary

Sample Plan 5 is an innovative consulting firm offering a variety of business solutions to clients across a broad cross-section of industries. From financial services to operations optimization to managing organization growth, Sample Plan 5 is adept at effectively managing a variety of client projects. Founded by The Owner, the organization is in the midst of an aggressive expansion phase with client acquisition and profit growth being two of the primary objectives. As the economy continues to rebound from what analysts agree was the deepest economic condition in nearly a century, organizations of all sizes will be in need of the types of services that are offered through Sample Plan 5. The organization has already developed a strong reputation in the industry for the delivery of quality services that positively impact the client. Moving forward, The Owner plans to leverage these experiences along with her vast professional network amassed over the course of her career to strengthen the client portfolio and improve the year-to-year profit standing of the firm.

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Financial Objectives

The following table and graphs illustrate the financial goals of Shade Station during the next five years. The financials are explained in detail throughout the duration of the plan.

Financial Highlights, Business Plan Sample

Industry at a Glance

The industry is composed of companies that provide advice and assistance to organizations on issues ranging from strategic and organizational planning to financial budget planning. Although consulting is a relatively new industry, major consulting firms are among the most respected businesses in the world, and their advice is routinely sought by the corporate and governmental sectors. In the five years that have led up to 2011, IBISwo rld .com estimates that industry revenue increased at an average annual rate of 0.7% to $165.5 billion. Compared with the industry’s overall growth during the past 10 years. this rate is somewhat sluggish. reflecting the extent of the recent economic downturn. The recession’s effect on the industry caused sales to plummet by 3.6%. LH in addition to decreasing revenue. firms laid-off employees. causing industry employment to fall by 7.0% over the course of the last two years.

Industry at Glance, Business Plan Sample

Projected Industry Growth

The Consulting Industry is currently in the mature stage of its life cycle. Over the five years leading up to 2016, research gathered via IBISwor ld .co m shows that the industry’s contribution to the overall economy is projected to grow at 2.5% annually. This is roughly in line with GDP growth over the same period. Like many industries, the Consulting industry’s growth has been slowed by the recent recession. Furthermore, more corporations are keeping consulting services in-house and hiring fewer consultants. As a result, the industry’s growth is expected to remain below the levels experienced in the past. The benefits of consultants on human resources and management strategy are becoming increasingly accepted by the business community. Some businesses view outside consultants as a necessity when providing impartial advice. Although consultants have been increasingly taken 1n­ house, businesses are still hiring outside consultants to improve their bottom lines.

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Key External Drivers

Key External Drivers, Business Plan Sample

Objectives

What follows is a listing of key objectives for Sample Plan 5.

1. Client portfolio expansion

The Owner has set client portfolio expansion as one of the primary objectives for this phase of business growth and development. The founder will aggressively pursue this objective, projecting to add no less than x clients during the course of the next calendar year.

2. Increased revenues

Founder The Owner has set a goal of no less than x worth of revenues being generated over the course of the next calendar year. Through a diverse suite of services and stellar delivery, this goal is easily attainable and will be the catalyst that propels the firm towards future revenues and profits.

3. Diversify client portfolio

The diversity of services gives The Owner the ability to develop a diverse client portfolio which will be another of the primary objectives. By doing this the organization in effect insulates the profit position from the cyclical nature of the economy and protects long-term growth prospects.

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SWOT Analysis

What follows is a listing of the core strengths and weaknesses of the Alice Cardenas Consulting Company.

Weaknesses

Funding: The lone weakness in what has proven to be an otherwise sound business model and approach would be a lack of funding. Founder The Owner is confident that if a suitable funding source is secured, she can position the organization to become one of the industry’s true market leaders.

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Marketing

To date Sample Plan 5 has relied primarily on word of mouth networking and the Internet to drive the organization’s marketing message. These two elements will remain the core of the marketing model with enhancements made to each that strengthen the market position and increase the volume of qualified business opportunities. The organization currently has a website but plans are to totally revamp the current website and develop a more appealing presence using state of the art web development technologies. In addition to the improved website, the organization will also aggressively integrate social networking into the marketing efforts leveraging both Facebook.com and Twitter.com as well as an interactive online blog, managed by founder The Owner. Rounding out Sample Plan 5 marketing model will be an improved networking component as the founder is committed to expanding her professional network by becoming actively involved in the local business and social communities.

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Balance Sheet

The projected balance sheet for Sample Plan 5 is shown in the table below.

Balance Sheet of Sample Business Plan

Appendix: Year One Financial

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Sample Business Plan for Consulting Firm