Q. Where can I find business plans online?
One of the best sources for sample business plans is the "Business Plans Handbook" series found on the Alabama Virtual Library (www.avl.lib.al.us) under the "Gale Virtual Reference Library." There are currently four volumes of "Business Plans Handbook" available at this site. Each volume contains 24 actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. The plans are from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries with the company's information changed. Also included are a business plan template, several fictional business plans, and a list of organizations and consultants providing support for entrepreneurs.