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Writing a Business Plan

Writing and editing business plans is a time-consuming and difficult task, especially if the result is not understood or, worse, it is simply not read. We really understand business plans. Each year, we review more than 500 plans and are actively involved in the creation or editing of another 50 to 75. As authors and cofounders, we make sure our business plans reflect the beliefs, the dreams, and the vision of both the entrepreneur and the experienced business manager.

As a result of this experience and through our active involvement as early stage investors and experience on the boards, where Jack was Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, Vice Chair of the Smaller Business Association of New England, Chairman of the Association of Corporate Growth and Chairman of Common Angels, we have created rules for writing highly effective business plans.

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You can find these rules in our publication, Writing the Winning Business Plan or you can request a copy directly by contacting Jack at

Reading the Rules of the Road is only the beginning of the process. Just as with learning how to drive a car or how to play a sport, reading the rules was usually not good enough to enable you to become an expert. At those times in your life, you needed a coach. Writing business plans is no different. If you are already an expert, then Writing the Winning Business Plan will provide you with a tune-up. If you are not, then you’re typical of the both the entrepreneur and the seasoned business manager with whom we work.

"Derby Management was with us at the very beginning of our new business.  We worked hand in hand on the business plan, engaging in active debates at every decision point. The plan was rock solid and delivered.  As the business grew at a meteoric rate passing the $100 million dollar mark, our management team had to assume increasing responsibilities - yet they'd only been on the job for two years.  Derby Management was there for us again, driving home the systematic approach to business planning and critical on-time execution of the plan."
- Ellen Frank, CEO, Serono