0201 Understanding Business Plans

Part of the Business Planning Section of the CEA Curriculum


Business planning is a much-touted process that some advisers say is critical to the success of any enterprise. Is the saying, “failing to plan = planning to fail” really true? Can an entrepreneur really expect to be successful only if they prepare a plan? This section explores the anatomy of what constitutes a solid business plan. We discuss the most vital components and how to approach writing it. Whether you’ve been writing business plans for a living or you’ve never known where to start, this course is sure to enlighten the professional and novice alike.


Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the questions business plans often fail to address
  • Define the four W’s of any business
  • Determine the importance of a professional adviser
  • Describe the basic questions that a business plan must address

Course Curriculum

Understanding Business Plans FREE 00:08:00
Utilizing a Professional Advisor 00:11:00
Business Plans Are Dynamic 00:08:00
Business Analysis Tools 00:07:00
Fitting the Components Together 00:06:00
Preliminary Quiz – Understanding Business Plans 00:07:00
Part 2
Implementation of the Business Plan 00:12:00
Project Management 00:04:00
Understanding Business Plans – Final Exam 00:05:00
Course Evaluation
Course Evaluation Form – Understanding Business Plans 00:00:00

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  • Program Level: Fundamentals/Beginner

    103 minutes | CPE = 2 units

    Field of Study: Management Advisory Services

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