Business Plan Development for Small Businesses & Nonprofits


Thursday, September 9, 2021, 5:30pm to 6:45pm


Online via Zoom

During this challenging time of rebuilding, pivoting, or starting your business, the Harvard Ed Portal is pleased to offer Allston-Brighton and Cambridge business owners, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits a valuable four-part virtual workshop that meets once a week (Meeting Dates: September 9, 16, 23, & 30. Participant must attend all dates.)

Create a business plan that will sell your idea and help you make strategic decisions. Learn what material to include and how to develop a compelling presentation that will engage readers and win their approval. You will use your business plan as a roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your business as well as help you get funding or bring on new business partners.

This course is a combination of flexible online learning using ManageMentor from Harvard Business Publishing, the publishers of the renowned Harvard Business Review; and virtual workshops with Areen Shahbari, faculty member at Harvard University Extension School and Harvard Professional Development Programs. You will be provided with additional resources including articles from the Harvard Business Review; sample business plans and worksheets; podcasts; and videos. Allston-Brighton and Cambridge small businesses are also eligible for one-on-one business coaching with Areen.

The ManageMentor Business Plan Development course will help you:

  • Prepare to create a business plan

  • Introduce your organization, its people, and its objectives within a business plan

  • Indicate the opportunity and competitive differentiators within a business plan

  • Define your approach to marketing and operations within a business plan

  • Show your current financial status and projected results within a business plan

Your remote workshop with Areen will provide an opportunity to discuss the concepts of the online course as well as ask specific questions you have about your business plan.

Participants must complete the necessary ManageMentor coursework prior to each class in order to be admitted. The weekly time commitment is approximately 30-45 minutes. If a participant misses more than one class, they will be dropped from the program.

*Space is limited to 25 participants. Anyone is welcome to register, however priority will be given to Allston-Brighton and Cambridge business owners. Women and Minority Owned Businesses are encouraged to register.


Stay tuned for more details for these upcoming Ed Portal programs for Small Businesses and Nonprofits:

October: Strategic Thinking featuring ManageMentor

November: Cash Flow and Access to Financing:

  1. Rebuild Cash Flow Post Pandemic

  2. The Relationship between Cash and Operations

  3. Increase Approvals of Financing Capital

  4. Dashboards and Financial Analysis