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Start It Up

  • Tips for presenting your business to lenders and outside investors

  • How to prepare your pitch deck for investors and lenders

  • Preparing a one-page lean business plan

    Historically, entrepreneurs have taken months to craft a detailed business plan without gathering feedback from potential customers. They viewed business planning either as a necessary hurdle to starting their business or, more often, as a thick stack of papers to present to a banker for funding. Read More on Preparing a one-page lean business plan
  • One-page lean business plan template

    Traditional business plans are lengthy, take too long to develop and are often times never revisited throughout the year. That’s why First Bank recommends the Lean Business Plan. It takes about one hour to create, is only one page and focuses on the most important aspects of your plan. Read More on One-page lean business plan template
  • Business plan template instructions

    Writing a business plan is an opportunity to think through every step of the start-up process so you can prepare for success. The truth is that 70 percent of all new businesses fail within five years. This high failure rate is primarily caused by a lack of planning on the front end. In particular, new entrepreneurs may neglect market research or lack an understanding of the financial requirements for the new venture. This is why a good business plan is essential for the success of your new business. Develop your business plan with these tips and instructions using our Business Plan Template. The template is a great resources and includes all of the sections you need for a comprehensive business plan. Read More on Business plan template instructions
  • Business plan template

    A comprehensive business plan is essential to starting a new business if you want it to be successful. It’s easy to get started writing your plan with our Business Plan Template Instructions guide and this Business Plan Template. Read More on Business plan template
  • Sales projection template

    One of the most difficult steps in preparing your business plan, is distinguishing the difference between financial projections and cashflow projections. This is especially true when different product lines have different payment terms for customers and suppliers in different product lines. Read More on Sales projection template
  • Cash flow template

    Managing cash flow is imperative for any small business. By predicting your financial highs and lows during the year, you feel more in control and can make better decisions. Our Business Cash Flow template is a great tool for improved insights, and getting started is easy with these key estimates. Read More on Cash flow template
  • Start-up checklist

    Everything covered in these Start It Up resources is summarized in this Checklist to Start Your Business. It’s a great, 10-step overview of what you need to focus on during the business planning stages of starting a successful business. Go through each of these steps to pinpoint anything you’ve missed in the development of your business plan. Read More on Start-up checklist

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