There are thousands of business start-ups in the U.S. per year, and a business plan provides for the future of such companies. It sets out a companya€™s aims and how it proposes to achieve them. Without such a plan no venture capital house or bank will consider a loan for start-up or expansion. This fully updated new edition describes the best way to prepare a business plan that will help get the financial backing needed. It includes practical case studies and cash flow forecasts, as well as advice on expanding a business, planning the borrowing and monitoring business progress.