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Hi I have to write a business plan. Below is the outline of what I'm looking for.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
- Consider writing this section last. Give a brief overview of the issue and the plan, creating interest. This is not an introduction, but rather should be more like an abstract, in which a summary of the highlights of the entire paper is included. Make this snap as it sets the tone for what is to come.
- Strive to keep this one page or less in length

General Background
- Provide a brief description of the organization
- Include the mission, vision, current state of the organization, and industry segment context
- Keep in mind your audience. It can be helpful to identify who you are writing this project plan for. If your audience is internal, consider offering a section introducing key elements, defining uncommon terms and acronyms.

General Problem/Opportunity Identification
Feel free to insert the prior work here. No need to change anything as this is just an example for me.

Specific Opportunity/Problem Identification
- Consider including enough details for the reader to understand how each of your alternative solutions would impact the situation.
- State the desired end state - not in terms of solutions but exactly what the organization will look like when the issue is successfully addressed.

Alternative Approaches
- List and fully describe several possible approaches to addressing the specific problem.
- Discuss relative risks and benefits of each.
- Describe in detail the specific approach you recommend in terms of strategic significance.
- Address and quantify all aspects of performance that will be improved by the chosen initiative.

SWOT Analysis
- Share a detailed SWOT analysis as it pertains to the specific issue. (This analysis should not be addressing a general state of affairs or be an environmental scan of the organization.)
- Feel free to copy and paste the SWOT you provided earlier.

Implementation Plan
- This section articulates the who, what, when, where and how you intend to address the specific problem.
- You will fully describe all elements required to implement your solution as well as the influence this solution creates to all departments or areas of the organization.
- Each step needed to accomplish this project should be fully articulated.
- This discussion should include but not be limited to the following elements: people, resources, costs, ROI, reporting accountabilities, measures of success, specific timelines, special considerations such as regulatory, legal, financial, global and technological influences in addition to internal and external marketing and communication strategies.
- To break it down a bit more, the following may be helpful:
- Who: You will want to talk about who is involved in both the development and implementation piece of the plan. How does this change impact the current staffing models? What inter-departmental networking is needed? Who will benefit from this plan?
- What: After defining precisely what this project entails, you will want to include discussions about what resources are needed. Be sure to consider all aspects including facilities, personnel, equipment, suppliers, etc. What is available and what must be acquired?
- When: Present a specific timeline for all phases of the project plan. Include all critical stages and articulate who is responsible for these steps. Utilizing a chart or table may be helpful.
- Where: Describe the location where you project plan will be launched. What characterizes this place and how does it help or hinder the process? Will more than one location be involved and how does this change the dynamic? Have other locations had experiences that you can draw upon as you craft this plan?
- Why: This aspect of the implementation plan provides you the opportunity to share your personal interest in the successful implementation of this plan. How does this plan support positive business ethics? Twenty-first century leadership? Cultural and global considerations? Comment on how this plan integrates course knowledge, business skills, and work experience to produce an effective real world outcome.

Financials
- Provide a detailed analysis of the financial implication of this plan; include an Excel worksheet showing calculations.

Communications
- Articulate a specific communications plan to "sell" your project to the approving individual / group.
- Discuss communications related to implementation.
- Identify key stakeholders that you will be in communication with, and your approach with each.

In Conclusion
- Provide a conclusion and a call to action.
- Include a description of next steps

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This detailed solution provides a business plan with the various sections covered:executive summary, general background.problem, specific opportunity, alternative approaches, SWOT analysis, implementation plan, financials, communication and conclusion. Includes APA formatted references.

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Group portion: Come to a consensus on your overall approach to developing these materials. In addition, develop recommendations for a training program to teach the staff how to use the handbook and the approval process for producing any communications.

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To deliver an effective media plan, you need to tell and present a consistent story. To ensure there is consistency across the organization, you need to create a communications guide or handbook. The Foundation staff will need to be trained on using the handbook and management must endorse and enforce it. The handbook should include guidelines and examples of the following elements and features:

WF brand
Brand logo with examples of how to use it in every client communication - templates for letterhead, business cards, brochures, PowerPoint slide layouts, web page layouts, research papers, billboards, CD labels, email layouts, etc.
Color palette (including color schemes for graphs)
Typeface(s) to use in all media (include when bold, italics, underlining are used or not)
Photography library and clipart
Guidelines for radio and TV ads
Guidelines for sales promotion items (coupons, premiums - hats, clocks, cups, etc.)
Guidelines for call center automatic answer and staff answer
Guidelines for press releases, and
Any other pertinent information that would be useful to staff.
Include at least one element that will be marketed differently to individuals and business (conference center) clients.

Group portion: Come to a consensus on your overall approach to developing these materials. In addition, develop recommendations for a training program to teach the staff how to use the handbook and the approval process for producing any communications.

Individual portion (powepoint format 5-7 slides) - Prepare a presentation outlining guidelines, justification, and design for one of the elements featured in the handbook. Use the approach generated during the group discussion.

Sophistication of the graphic design is not a priority at this point, but some attempts should be made to describe or present graphic elements that will be appealing to the target audience.

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The Woodland Foundation (WF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of the Woodland Nature Center. Several families who donated their neighboring farms to the local park district established WF 50 years ago.
Recently, WF completed their first business plan with the park district. The plan was undertaken to determine why visitors to the Woodland Nature Center have declined and what changes would be needed to bring them back. The plan includes improving the nature center's buildings, hiking paths and interpretive signage, and program offerings.

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There is no program for volunteers. So, all work is completed by the WF board or park district employees. The membership database is a list of names in a word processing document. And there has not ever been any informal or formal market research conducted. A new concert series and recent art exhibits were not evaluated to know whether the attendees would like to see more of these programs. In fact, the success of any of WF's programs is not known.

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Programming: In collaboration and with the support of the local park district, lectures, conferences, musical performances, art shows and other activities in the facilities will attract visitors and devoted supporters.
Education: Expanded classroom facilities in the original buildings will accommodate a growing number of environmental education offerings for school children from the town.
Community: The Woodland Foundation will be an important player among the region's nature-oriented institutions. WF's energetic volunteers have launched several successful special events.

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Deliverables are the following:

The individual portion deliverables were provided as the following:

To deliver an effective media plan, you need to tell and present a consistent story. To ensure there is consistency across the organization, you need to create a communications guide or handbook. The Foundation staff will need to be trained on using the handbook and management must endorse and enforce it. The handbook should include guidelines and examples of the following elements and features:

? Brand logo with examples of how to use it in every client communication - templates for letterhead, business cards, brochures, PowerPoint slide layouts, web page layouts, research papers, billboards, CD labels, email layouts, etc.
? Color palette (including color schemes for graphs)
? Typeface(s) to use in all media (include when bold, italics, underlining are used or not)
? Photography library and clipart
? Guidelines for radio and TV ads
? Guidelines for sales promotion items (coupons, premiums - hats, clocks, cups, etc.)
? Guidelines for call center automatic answer and staff answer
? Guidelines for press releases, and
? Any other pertinent information that would be useful to staff.

Include at least one element that will be marketed differently to individuals and business (conference center) clients

Prepare a presentation outlining guidelines, justification, and design for one of the elements featured in the handbook.

This should encompass a graphic design (logo) for the company that will attempt to describe or present graphic elements that will be appealing to the target audience.

It should also encompass - 5-7 slides with notes on one of the above topics (the choice of topic is yours but please alert which topic you so choose so it can be notated accordingly)

Slide instructions

3-5 bullet points per slide -

1. Please pay attention to the number of slides/notes being asked for submission of the task. Please do not fall short of the requirement or submit too many slides.

2. The number of slides required does not include the title slide and the references slide(s).

3. First, you need to plan the content of your slides so that you know how you should prepare your notes. The purpose of the notes is to explain the thinking/reasoning behind each bullet point on each slide.

4. As a rule of thumb, you should figure on a minimum of 3-5 sentences of notes for each bullet point in your slide. You may, of course, submit something longer, but anything shorter than this will typically not do the job.

This is a task which can be interesting and creative - no more than 10 percent should be pulled from outside sources. It should be a task compiled from inner creativity, knowledge and backed up with references and facts. Thus, one should avoid paraphrasing too much throughout the task. It should showcase your own creativity and be coupled with reference. At least 85% of the work should be your own ideas and thoughts backed up with references and facts. Wikipedia should not be utilized as it is not an accepted source by the institution. Please verify there are no spelling or grammar errors and be aware the content conforms to the deliverables and flows and that all information is properly cited both in text and end of presentation according to APA format. And most of all have fun with this task.

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