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's simply not read.

We really understand business plans. Each year, we review more than 1,000 plans and are actively involved in the creation or editing of 75 to 100 of these. As authors of business plans and cofounders of a number of startups, we make sure our business plans reflect the beliefs, the dreams, and the vision of both the CEO and the entire management team.

As a result of this experience and through our active involvement as early stage venture and later stafe private equity investors along with our active involvement in the fundraising ecosystem of Boston...

Over the years, Jack Derby has been...

As a result of this experience and a continuing active involvement as...

  • A Partner at Common Angel Ventures
  • A Lecturer at MIT's in business planning 
  • A Professor in Entreprenuer Leadership Studies at Tufts

Additonally, George Simmons, has been...

As a result, we've created a series of rules, tactics and hints as to how to write the best business plans whether you're a first time startup entrepreneur looking for financing, or an experienced executive look planning new growth for your company,

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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 jack@derbymanagement.com.

Reading the Writing the Winning Business Plan 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're already experienced, 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. 

When you contact us, just let us know whether you want the "Established Companies" or "Emerging Companies" edition.

"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