STARTING A BUSINESS

Writing a Business Plan for Under $100

Jack Lahav, president of Remarkable Technologies, has introduced a "do-it-yourself software package for writing business plans - B-Plan for Windows.

With B-Plan, any business owner or manager sitting at a PC can write the best business plan in a few hours, claims Lahav. Creating a business plan with B-Plan is a simple 3-step process. First, the user enters key business data including sales plans, profit margins, budget, expenses, plants and equipment, and capital sources. The program provides simple fill-in-the-blank forms and tables for entering this data. Extensive business knowledge and computer skills are not required. "You don't have to be an accountant or computer programmer to use B-Plan." says Lahav.

Once a business's data is entered, B-Plan performs the necessary financial analysis at the touch of a key, including profit-and loss projections, cash flow projections, breakeven analysis reports, and projected balance sheets. All reports can be presented in text and graphic form.

Finally, B-Plan generates a complete written business plan, including the financial data, graphics, and text. An easy to follow template provides all the proper headings for a standard business plan. These include executive summary, company history, products and services, market analysis, marketing strategy, research and development plan, management, organization, operation plan, facilities, equipment, and financial plan. In addition, the program shows you exactly where to incorporate your B-Plan data, reports, and projections within the text, making the plan truly customized.

B-Plan requires an IBM 386 or higher (or 100% compatible) with 4 MB of RAM running Windows 3.1 or higher. Also required are a hard disk drive with 4MB available, a mouse, EGA or higher resolution monitor (recommended), and MS-DOS 3.3 or higher.

B-Plan is not available in your computer stores and must be ordered from Remarkable Technologies direct. To order call toll-free 800-782-1955 or send $104.95 ($99 plus $5 shipping and handling) to: Remarkable Technologies, 245 Pegasus Avenue, Northvale, NJ 07647, fax 201-767-7227. American Express, Visa, MasterCard accepted. The product comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. Remarkable Technologies is a leading marketer of business productivity software for the PC.