Title Page

This is the first page of the ILP and it states the writer’s name; the name of the writer’s seminar leader; the name of the institution –Cambridge College; and the month and date the project is submitted

Copyright Page (Optional)

This statement establishes ownership of the author’s work.

Acknowledgments Page (Optional)

This section expresses appreciation to those who assisted and supported the author throughout the ILP process. This is not required. If included, it should be the third page of your ILP.

Abstract Statement

About 120 words, an abstract is a brief concise summary of the ILP. The abstract prepares the reader for the contents of the ILP. This is best written after the ILP is completed.

Table of Contents

This page lists the contents and page numbers of each section of the ILP  




A business plan ILP describes a detailed plan for establishing a new business venture.

Study Description    

Company Description

Outline the  of the study especially those areas covered in the Literature Review

This section also describes the business’s purpose; goals and objectives; business philosophy; industry; core strengths and competencies. It also, describes the owner’s personal business philosophy; strengths and skills; and discusses the legal form of ownership .

Literature Review

The review of the literature for a business plan includes: published information on the industry such as, industry profiles; trade journals; census data, and demographic profiles, business/industry publications; government publications (federal, state and local).  Laws, regultions, and history.   Normally the same lenght as all other ILPs (20-25 pages)

Methodology for  the

The Data collection methodology used to develop the business plan consisting of surveys or focus-group interviews of the target market.

Findings and Data Analysis

The data analysis section describes the tools, strategies, and analytical approaches used to make sense of the data.

Marketing Plan

 The marketing plan describes facts about the industry; current demand in the market; trends in the target market; growth potential; opportunity and barriers to entry into the market. The plan also describes strategies that will overcome those barriers. Further, it projects changes in technology; government regulations; economy and the industry; market size; market demand; market trends; and growth .

Products and Services

This section provides an  in depth description of the products or services; the pricing fees; the proposed venture’s competitive advantages and competitive disadvantages.

Management and Organization

This section describes: the proposed management team; job descriptions and resumes for each employee; and an organizational chart.


Personal Financial Information

 Note: check with your seminar leader. This section may not be required.

Start up Expenses

Start up expenses estimate the capital needed before opening the project.

 Financial Plan

The financial plan projects cash flow, opening day balance and provides a break even analysis.



Conclusions - Summary


Statement of Learning

This section summarizes what the author has learned as a result of completing the ILP and the MM degrees.



References list all books, websites, documents, journal and magazine articles, pamphlets, brochures, electronic documents, etc. cited throughout the ILP.

Appendix (Optional)


The appendix provides supporting documents for the ILP.   (Charts and graphs go here'  along with Data and Pictures)

Tables (Optional)

Tables present quantitative data.

Figures (Optional)

Figures may be charts, graphs, photographs, drawings or other pictorial depictions.


The ILP requires the author’s current resume  


These business plans, written by Colorado State University students, provide good models for understanding the content of a business plan. Remember, Cambridge College requires APA format for the Business Plan ILP. Each Business Plan ILP must also include a data collection section, a data analysis section and a literature review.
The University of Colorado offers additional examples of business plans written by students.  Cambridge College requires APA format for the Business Plan ILP.  Each Business Plan ILP must also include a data collection section, a data analysis section and a literature review. SCORE SCORE, a nonprofit association and resource partner with the Small Business Administration offers free and confidential online or face to face mentoring, advice, free email updates, podcasts, and other services. Cambridge College, School of Management, recommends the Small Business Administration or the SCORE Template for the ILP Business Plan. ILP Business Plans require, a review of the literature, data collection and data analysis sections.
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides a number of resources – funding, free online courses, workshops counsel, free emails pod casts. It is an excellent site for those creating or expanding a business. Cambridge College, School of Management, recommends the SBA business plan template or the SCORE template for Business Plan ILPs. ILP Business Plans requreire a review of the literature, data collection and data analysis sections.
This site organizes working papers in business and management by school. You can review this site for current issues in management. Some sites only offer abstracts. Others offer working papers in pdf. format.