Michigan Investment Network

Business Plan Tips

What Investors Are Looking For In A Plan

Investors, whether angels or VC's, are looking for the same things when reading a business plan. They want to know how big the opportunity is, whether this is the right team to exploit the opportunity, who the competition is, what the risks are, and why they can expect this team to implement successfully. Your job in writing the business plan is to address these questions convincingly and clearly.

Emphasize Your Real Strengths

Highlight what your team brings to the table. If your business hinges on a particular competency (for example, understanding the procurement process), your plan will be more persuasive if one of your team members knows something about it and that is brought out in your plan. Rather than including generic resumes of team members, tailor the resumes to draw out the experience each member has that will make him or her a valuable contributor.

Get To The Point And Make It Clear And Comprehensive

Investors see many business plans. A 20-page plan which clearly lays out your business is far more likely to be read than a 100 page plan. Today, some entrepreneurs are using a 15 slide Powerpoint presentation. If your text is short and punchy, you won't need to repeat yourself, because the reader won't be bogged down keeping ten chapters in their head. Reading the same thing over and over, even if it's in different words, can get really tiring. The more you use brevity and give each concept a single home in your document, the more people will want to read it.

Write In Plain English

If you can't explain your idea in English, either you don't understand what you're talking about (What is a transaction enabled atomic journaling database server, anyway?) or you haven't simplified the idea enough. Think, revise, and try again.

Get Rid Of The Hype

Yes, we know you will be the "premier insert product category here of the Internet, achieving 99% market penetration with 60% customer retention in 3 months". Your product will reach "new heights in customer experience through the use of personalization and one-to-one profiling and customization". It will be "user friendly" because you will be creating a truly "ecstatic customer experience". It is a "quantum leap forward" in the marketplace for product category here. Um, yeah. Believe me, we've read it before. About a dozen times today, in fact. (And by the way, the phrase "quantum leap" really doesn't mean anything.) Stick to a tight, simple explanation of your idea. Convince your reader you'll be the best because your idea is the best, not because you can string a dozen buzzwords together.

Use Quantifiable Information

In each section, back up your assertions with solid facts. Even if you are a new venture and cannot give specific figures on the performance of your business, quote figures for the industry or your competitors. These real figures carry more weight than your assumed projections and give more reality to your plan.

Choose A Huge Market

Especially in the internet world, investors are looking more at the market than at the detailed specifics of your financials. Choose a market that is big enough to be an obvious good opportunity. A business which targets teenage girls who listen to music and has a reasonable chance of capturing 90% of the girls that are online is a huge opportunity. A business which targets net-savvy SAAB mechanics who need prosthetic limbs is not.

Michigan Investors

United States > Michigan

Retired and looking at investments

$25,000 to $300,000

United States > Michigan

We offer emerging growth companies or small and medium size enterprises (“SME’s”) proprietary capitalization advisory services in the form of a License Agreement which provides SME’s a turn-key solution to proactively and successfully complete a private placement of securities and acquire investors for their own enterprise. The license allows those SME’s to offer their investors a principal protected unit with flexible liquidity options that mitigate their downside risk. We also acquire controlling interest in public companies with the objective of restructuring them to merge with private companies who are seeking to go public. We also acquire controlling interests in private companies with the intent of expanding them with blue chip management teams and synergistic rollup acquisitions.

$10,000 to $1,000,000

United States > Michigan

What can you expect from my involvement? As over a 20-year Information Technology professional working with multiple organizations in manufacturing, inventory and distribution capacities, as well as being a 5-year experienced entrepreneur myself in the transportation sector, I can lend my expertise and experiences towards any startup or fledgling business. Equitable funding is available for the right fit. If you have a legitimate business or business plan, I am interested in discussing how I can help. I have always come to believe that you get out of a business exactly what you put into it. It is this value of hard work that can reap rewards towards fulfilling your dreams, especially if you are passionate about it. I want to take the next step and engage with others in reaching these goals. New opportunities are abound, and I can share my experiences and financial gains towards these new prospects.

$0 to $500,000

United States > Michigan

Individual investor. I currently work in supply chain & logistics within a manufacturing environment, and I've held a variety of other roles in purchasing and sales in the past. I also currently own a couple rental properties as well as a small residential cleaning business. I have a B.B.A. - Supply Chain and am currently enrolled in an M.B.A. program. I'm a young professional with the entrepreneurial looking for my next project. I'm open to being as involved as necessary and putting in some work, or a silent partner.

$100,000 to $5,000,000

United States > Michigan

We are a specialized trade, consulting and private equity investment firm with a background in private international banking. We have assembled a team of expert lending facilities, private investors, financial instrument facilities, equity groups, corporate bond structure and risk management specialists with extensive experience in assisting domestic and international companies secure pre and post trade finance, commodities of all types, obtain mezzanine debt, private equity, and asset based business loans of almost any size. We use a range of financial and risk mitigation solutions to help meet your exact requirements including: Procurement Finance Order Finance Receivables discounting, as part of an overall solution Letters of Credit confirmations Commodity Finance Import finance facilities Guarantees and Standby Letters of Credit Capital Goods Finance and Leasing Credit Insurance Finance for import duties, VAT & Logistics

$10,000 to $1,000,000,000

United States > Michigan

I have a masters degree in teaching. I co-founded an educational company. I work overseas as an educator. I am for looking opportunities to partner on rental complexes in the Orlando Florida area.

$10,000 to $500,000

United States > Michigan

Looking for high yield investment opportunities.

$1,000 to $200,000

United States > Michigan

I was born in Idaho, but raised in Montana on a cattle ranch. While I was in college, the family ranch was sold and I moved toward a career in business. After business graduate school, I worked 10 years in Corporate America for a Fortune 500 Company involved in acquisitions and supervision of companies once acquired. Working closely with the owners of the acquired companies that had built their businesses from start-up sparked the desire to start my own company. For the next 25 years three businesses were started, developed and sold to larger companies or investment groups. The last few years have been spent in using financial contacts, assets available and the experience gained to help fund or invest in other promising companies, operations or projects. EDUCATION Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri - MBA degree in 1967 BYU - Degree in Accounting - 1965

$1,000,000 to $50,000,000