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MGT 4350: Business Plan Development: Getting Ideas For Your Business

This is a research guide for Dr Minifie's Management 4350 class.

S-1 Forms

S-1 forms detail a company's strategy for making money. Good place for business plans!

Go to EDGAR (the SEC database) and

1. Search Most Recent Filings
2. Limit to S-1 Form
3. Avoid the S-1/A (amendment forms) and read S-1s all day.

Now, one thing you can also do is go to the advanced search screen and type in a keyword (insurance, computers, etc.) and s-1. This should get you closer to browsing S-1 plans in your field.

New Business Ideas

Austin Business Journal- See what new businesses opened in the Austin area (and closed), who's hiring and expanding, and profiles of local business people.

Competitive Strategy - Michael Porter's crucial book about analyzing your industry and your competition. The building blocks for your plan.  An earlier edition is here.

Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries

Entrepreneur Magazine - Profiles of new businesses and successful entrepreneurs

San Antonio Business Journal - San Antonio new businesses, expansions and successful businesspeople. See what they're doing.

Development in the Future

Understand what urban planners are doing and how cities might grow. Future trends might spark an idea or two.

City planning