Business Law

Business Law News 2018, ISSUE 3

How to Write an Executive Summary for a Business Plan

Posted on May 9, 2018, by Julie Brook, Esq.1

Julie Brook, Esq. has been with CEB since 1995. Before that, she practiced civil litigation with Landels, Ripley & Diamond in San Francisco. She is a volunteer arbitrator with San Francisco’s Department of Human Services.

Whether starting a business or transforming one, it’s important to have a written business plan. A business plan should start with an executive summary that briefly describes the business’s products or services, its market and competition, and its management. The executive summary can make or break a business’s pursuit of investors.

Although it’s the first document in the plan, the executive summary should be prepared last—it covers the whole plan in concise form, so it can’t be drafted until all of the other elements of the plan have been developed.

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