There are a number of resources to help entrepreneurs create a business plan. These are some online resources for free business plans:
Use these websites to find upcoming trade shows, exhibitions, or business networking events in your industry. Also, search for local "convention centers" (Los Angeles, Anahein, Long Beach, Las Vegas) and view their Calendars.
Search ARTICLE databases using terms like ENTREPRENEURSHIP, SMALL BUSINESS, SMALL ENTERPRISE, NEW BUSINESS, START-UPS (START UPS), PRIVATE ENTERPRISE.
Use subject search tools in databases (e.g. Thesaurus or Subject) to find subject headings and help refine a search; refine further by adding industry type(s), if applicable.
The value chain is the set of activities contributing to the production, distribution and marketing of goods and services. The following resources will provide some information on the value chain or parts of the value chain.
IBIS World contains reports on hundreds of U.S., Global and Chinese industries. Keyword search by industry or company. Each industry report includes a section on COST STRUCTURE.
Mergent Online provides a list of suppliers by company (as available); this is often helpful in supply chain analysis. Within a company's profile, click on the Horizon tab to find 'Suppliers', 'Partners' and 'Customers'.
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage contains key industry reports. Look at the section 'How the Industry Operates' for value chain analysis.