Business Planning Seminar- In this culminating course, MBA students integrate concepts and skills developed in previous coursework. Students will research and develop a new business opportunity that requires synthesis of communications, analysis, and more


The Business Planning Seminar is the MBA program capstone course. Students work in teams to formulate, research, and develop a written business plan for a start-up venture. The plan comprises sections on management, marketing, operations, and financing, including five-year financial projections for the new business.

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Articles on concepts, topics, individuals, and companies:  ABI/INFORM and EBSCO

Company information: Business Source Complete and LexisNexis

Definitions or examples of concepts: ABI/INFORM, Credo Reference, and EBSCO

Industry information: Plunkett Research Online and IBISWorld

Market information: Standard Rate & Data Service and Statistical Abstracts


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