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Managing: From Strategy to Execution – You Need An “Actionable” Strategic Plan to Get It Done in 2009

Want a strategic plan that you can understand? Need one that will actually help you run your business? Do you lack benchmarks to see whether you’re going where you want to go in 2009?

SCORE Counselor Bob Paul teaches a practical approach to business planning. Here’s his take on strategic plans for an existing business. He assumes you’ve got a business plan laying around somewhere that you’d like to dust off and put into action.

1) Reaffirm Your Mission, Vision, Values – “Choose the mountain you wish to climb,” Bob says.

2) Review and Update Your SWOT analysis - Define your products and your target customers. Analyze your internal strengths and weaknesses of your business, as well as the external opportunities and threats that you see when you review the economic climate, the industry and your key competitors. more…