SIDEBAR to Business Plan article

  The Successful Business Plan:  Secrets & Strategies, by Rhonda M. Abrams. Includes good examples for each section of the plan, easy-to-use worksheets, and time-saving tips. Published by The Oasis Press. You can also purchase companion business software:  PSI Research, 300 North Valley Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526. (800) 228-2275.

     Small Business Start-Up:  Your comprehensive guide to starting and managing a business, by Bob Adams. Chock-full of useful tips. Includes an easy-to-read section on your basic business plan. Bonus:  A chapter on marketing with tips for a tight budget.

     Association Management Companies Compensation & Benefits Study, American Society of Association Executives, 1575 Eye Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005-1168.

   The Business Planning Guide:  Creating a Plan for Success in Your Own Business, by David H. Bangs Jr. A handbook to help you design, write and use a business plan and financing proposal. Published by Upstart Publishing Company, Inc., 155 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL  60606-1719. (312) 836-4400.

   The Start  Up Guide:  A One-Year Plan for Entrepreneurs, by David H. Bangs Jr. This provide an excellent "To Do" or checklist for getting started in a new business. Here's a sample:

One year before start-up of the business
ˆ  Start to use notebook and clip files (immediate, ongoing)
ˆ      Weigh choices against your experience (30 days)
ˆ       Weigh impact on personal and family goals (30 days)
ˆ    Get basic SBA literature (30-60 days)
Six months before start-up
ˆ        Write mission statement (immediate)
ˆ    Know what products/services you'll offer
ˆ       Start writing the business plan
One month
ˆ       Fine-tune financials
ˆ   Set up office
ˆ  Send announcements
Published by Upstart, 12 Portland St., Dover, NH 03820. (800) 235-8866.

       Your First Business Plan, by Joseph Covello and Brian Hazelgren. Includes sample business plans and focuses on writing a business plan designed to win business lenders.
        Building an Association Management Company, by Robert C. Harris, CAE and Calvin K. Clemons, CAE, CMP. A must-have on any AMC's bookshelf. Includes 10 pages on writing a business plan and a whole section on marketing. To order, contact: Harris Management Group, 335 Beard St., Tallahassee, FL 32303. (904) 681-2980. Fax (904) 681-2890; email:; or Clemons & Associates, Inc., 5024-R Campbell Blvd., Baltimore, MD  21236. (410) 931-8100. Fax: (410) 931-8111; email:
        By Sammi Soutar, founder, Able Management Solutions, Inc., Columbus, Ohio.