How to make a Business Plan

Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

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Knowledge level: Introductory

This guide from the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) assists in the creation of a Business Plan.

All co-operatives, regardless of their size or type need a business plan. A business plan helps clarify the activities for the co-operative and identifies the logistics, resources and finances needed for it to be successful

The suggested structure in the guide is as follows:

  1.  Introduction to the Co-operative:
    1. Purpose and Objectives
    2. Member value proposition
  2.  Operating Context:
    1. Operating environment
    2. Key opportunities and challenges
  3. Resources and Strategy:
    1. Operations (products / services)
    2. Business establishment, Due diligence and Compliance
    3. Financial resources (Income)
    4. Human resources
    5. Asset requirements and Logistics
    6. Marketing strategy
    7. Member engagement strategy
    8. Risk management strategy
  4. Forecast Financial Statements:
    1. Profit and loss statement
    2. Cash flow statement



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