Executive Summary Template With Background by AdamHoeksema1


									              Your Business Name
                  Executive Summary

Grab/Hook – Your first impression is 2 or 3 sentences.
Don’t start with your mission statement! Hook the reader
with what makes your business special. Examples include:               Insert Logo Above
       • Partnership with Google
       • Recently signed first major contract
       • Endorsement from industry VIP                           Year Founded:

 Problem – The first ingredient of a great business              Industry:
 idea is a:
         • Pain                                                  Annual Sales:
         • Problem
         • Annoyance                                             Request:

  Unique Solution – Anyone can come up with a problem, but do you have a unique solution for
  the problem? Are you the:
         • Fastest?
         • Cheapest?
         • Highest Quality?

  Market Potential – This should be YOUR market potential not simply a quote from a research
  organization that says your industry will reach $100 Billion on 5 years. How much of the market
  can your business realistically capture based on your:
         • Geographic Location
         • Capacity to Fulfill Sales
         • Access to Financing

  Unique Selling Proposition – This section simply answers the question, “What makes you
  special and sustainable. For instance, Wal-Mart is special because of the low prices that they
  offer. Wal-Mart is sustainable because of their incredible infrastructure, systems, and brand.

  Business Model – In every other section you want to think outside of the box. You want to
  stand out and differentiate yourself, but when it comes to your business model investors and
  bankers want:
         • Simple
         • Sustainable
         • Safe
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 Management Team – Many will tell you that your management team is your most important
 section in your business plan. I disagree, but many decision makers may also agree. So
 unfortunately you need to come up with a solid management team even if you can’t afford
 them. Focus on experience, but you should also focus on:
        • Energy
        • Enthusiasm
        • Excitement

Financial Projections – Build your financial projections based on a set of data driven
assumptions. For example:
       • Website receives 10,000 visitors per month
       • Historically we convert 5% of visitors into sales
       • Average sale is $25
 This will give you a start on your revenue projections. You will want to do the same for your
 expenses. If you have room you should also consider a projected Statement of Cash Flows.

                     Jan.       Feb.      Mar.      Apr.      May       June      July
      Revenue        xx         xx        xx        xx        xx        xx        xx
      Expenses       xx         xx        xx        xx        xx        xx        xx
      Profit         xx         xx        xx        xx        xx        xx        xx

 Request – Unless you want your plan to end up as an afterthought you must make a request, a
 call to action, at the end of your executive summary. Ask the reader to take some specific
 action such as:
          • Read Business Plan
          • Call
          • Send Email
          • Set up Meeting

And remember Famous venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki said in his book, The Art of the

“Of the effort you put into write a business plan, 80 percent should go into the executive
 summary. These are the most important paragraphs of your organization’s existence.”

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