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Starting a successful new business takes more than a good idea or great product. You need an understanding of your market and of the industry, and the right technology. You need to know how you will price, promote, and distribute your product. Above all, you need a carefully thought-out business plan.

Purdue Extension and its economic development partners at Purdue University and in Indiana offer publications, programs, and resources to help you succeed at your new business venture.

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Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
EC-737

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The Elements of a Business Plan: First Steps for New Entrepreneurs
EC-735

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Defining Your Business Through Goals and Objectives
EC-727
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Fatal Business Planning Assumptions
EC-734

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How to Use Goals to Achieve Business Success: First Steps for New Entrepreneurs
EC-726

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Developing Vision and Mission Statements
EC-720
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Planning for the Unexpected: Human Resource Risk and Contingency Planning
EC-736

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Marketing's Four P's: First Steps for New Entrepreneurs
EC-730

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General Licensing, Regulatory, and Tax Requirements for Indiana Businesses
EC-733

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Intellectual Property: Obtaining Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights
EC-723

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Estimating Breakeven Sales for Your Small Business
EC-725

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Industry Analysis: The Five Forces
EC-722

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Selecting and Managing Consultants
EC-719

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Starting a Farmers¹ Market
EC-739

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Food Safety Regulations for Farmers¹ Markets
EC-740

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Using the WIC Program: A Guide for Farmers¹ Market Masters, Vendors, and Roadside Stands
EC-741

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Developing Effective Job Descriptions for Small Businesses and Farms
EC-728

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New Generation Cooperatives: What, Why, Where, and How
ID-315

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Principles for Structuring Small Businesses and Farms
EC-729

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Value-Added Business Ventures Through Producer Alliances
ID-318

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Opportunities in the Fresh-Cut Fruit Sector for Indiana Melon Growers
EC-732

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Agricultural Innovation and Commercialization Center (AICC) INVenture
Web-based help in transforming business ideas into written business plans
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New Ventures
Information for entrepreneurs deciding whether or not to start an agriculture- or food-related business or expand it and opportunities for educational programs and one-on-one consultation

Strategic Business Planning for Commercial Producers
Comprehensive curriculum for educators to use in teaching commercial farm managers to be highly effective business managers

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