The first step to actualizing your goal of opening an institution is developing a coherent, well-researched and sound business plan. This document will serve as the guiding light for your endeavors from application to approval and beyond.
Use the sample Business Plan below as a starting point for your own plan.
Then, call SchoolBuilderPlus to schedule a meeting to discuss your strategy for success.
Start-Up Educational Institution
Business Plan Sample
Identify the Owners
Business Name, Type of Business, Owners’ Identification, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Cell
In this section, usually written last, you can summarize the fundamental information pertaining to
the business that you propose. Identify your services, programs, degrees or certificates to be
offered, your view of the future of the demand for services you offer, and the identification or
description of the clients to be served.
Company Description, Mission, Objectives
Describe the business as to size, type, location, services offered, and sources of income.
In a few sentences, explain the reason for establishing the school you plan to open
Company Goals and Objectives
Goals are statements of what you expect to accomplish as a result of establishing your business
and selling your services. Identify these here:
Objectives are statements which are indicators of the school’s progress made towards achieving
the goals identified.
Describe your projected company strengths and its core competencies. On what bases will you
measure success in exercising those core competencies? What will be the primary competitive
strengths of your business? What education or experience do you have to lead this venture?
Choose the legal form of ownership: Sole proprietor, Partnership, Corporation or LLC, a
Limited Liability corporation.
Products and Services
Identify your programs of study. Develop course outlines and program descriptions and outlines,
setting forth the content, length, program descriptions, texts and learning resources. Identify what
is unique about your program content, method of delivery, or other factors.
Primary research requires that you gather your own data regarding how to best identify and reach
your prospective clients. As you formalize a marketing plan, be specific regarding statistics,
numbers, and sources.
What barriers to entry can you identify?
Some typical barriers include:
High capital costs, High production costs, High marketing costs, Training and skills
Anticipate how the following changes could affect your enterprise:
Change in technology, Change in government regulations, Change in the economy,
Change in your industry
Identify your targeted customers, their characteristics, and how you are going to reach them and
deliver your programs You may have more than one customer group. Identify the most important
groups. Then, for each customer group, construct what is called a demographic profile:
Social class and occupation
Quality, technology, and price preferences
How will your products or services compare with the competition?
Summarize your expected competitive advantages and disadvantages.
Identify if your programs can only be offered in a classroom setting or if the programs can be
effectively be offered on-line.
Describe the day to day operations of the business, its location, equipment, people, processes,
and key activities.
Describe the following:
Licensing and bonding requirements
Health, workplace, or environmental regulations
Special regulations covering your industry or profession
Zoning or building code requirements
Trademarks, copyrights, or patents (pending, existing, or purchased)
Number of employees
Type of labor (skilled, unskilled, and professional)
Where and how will you find the right employees?
Quality of existing staff
Training methods and requirements
Management and Organization
Identify the manager of daily operations and identify the requisite experience that manager must
have to perform the assigned job duties. Create an organizational chart.