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Sample Business Plan
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  Startup Professionals, Inc.

                    By: Martin C. Zwilling, CEO




                            29 July 2010




 This Business Plan is not an offer to sell securities to any person.
         This document is for information purposes only.




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                                    Startup Professionals Business Plan -- Contents

Executive Summary .......................................................................................................... 1
The Opportunity ................................................................................................................ 2
The Company..................................................................................................................... 3
   Mission ......................................................................................................................................... 3
   Client Benefits.............................................................................................................................. 3
Offerings ............................................................................................................................ 4
   Overview....................................................................................................................................... 4
   Offering Categories ..................................................................................................................... 5
   Price List....................................................................................................................................... 5
Competitive Summary....................................................................................................... 7
   Startup.com.................................................................................................................................. 8
   Startup Nation .............................................................................................................................. 8
   Startup Zone................................................................................................................................. 9
   Startup Business School .......................................................................................................... 10
   CLevel Enterprises .................................................................................................................... 10
Marketing ......................................................................................................................... 11
Sales ................................................................................................................................. 11
Management .................................................................................................................... 11
   Ernst H. Gemassmer, Chairman ............................................................................................... 11
   Martin C. Zwilling, CEO ............................................................................................................. 14
Financial Information ...................................................................................................... 15
   Capitalization Table ................................................................................................................... 15
   Financial Projections................................................................................................................. 16
      Notes & Assumptions to Pro Forma Forecasts ........................................................................................................ 16
      Revenues.................................................................................................................................................................. 16
      Expenses .................................................................................................................................................................. 16
      Five-Year Pro Forma Forecasts ............................................................................................................................... 17
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Executive Summary
       All startup founders must deal with a huge number of business unknowns which are generally
outside their area of expertise. These unknowns include the following:

              how to incorporate the business
              how to write a business plan
              how to create a financial model of the business
              how to protect the concept
              if and how to patent the technology
              how to identify and attract management and employees
              how to select and attract board members
              how to traverse the minefields of multiple funding alternatives.

         Startup Professionals, Inc is designed to provide a web site and consulting with practical
approaches to solving each of the key issues. Some basic information documents, legal documents and
links to numerous external resources are provided at no charge. Specific software tools and resources,
such an automated business plan creator and a company valuation estimator, are available for purchase
or subscription. In all situations, the company principals are available for customized consulting
assistance, business advisory roles, executive mentoring, or even interim executive positions under
contract.

        The founders of Startup Professionals are very experienced in these areas. The CEO, Marty
Zwilling, who resides in the Phoenix area, has for years provided entrepreneurs with first-hand advice,
mentoring and business plan assistance. He has a unique combination of business and high-tech
experience, and experience mentoring and connecting startups with potential investors, board members,
and service providers. His background includes many years of experience and demonstrated results as
an executive in general management, computer software development, product management, and
marketing. Marty holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Computer Science from the
University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

        The other founder and Chairman of the Board, Ernst H. Gemassmer, resides in Silicon Valley,
California, and has long helped entrepreneurs there, as well as providing turn-around assistance as
interim CEO. He has held senior executive operating positions with several high-tech companies in the
United States and Europe. Ernst has an MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau, France, and an MA in
Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston, MA, as well as a BS in Chemistry
from the University of Pittsburgh, PA.




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The Opportunity
         According to statistics from the SBA (Small Business Association), the last five years have propagated the
largest entrepreneurial surge this country has ever seen. We doubt that even the current recession will change
this picture. Each year in the US, we see about 750,000 new companies started, with over $26B in investments
from angel groups and venture capitalists. Yet according to the same data sources, many of these companies fail
in the first year, and only 1 out of 100 startups who apply get funded, due to failures in addressing the items listed
in the introduction. This is the huge opportunity that is being addressed by Startup Professionals.

        Jeffrey Sohl, director for the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, said that
the $26B in 2007 was spread over more start-up companies than in prior years, which means the average amount
going into individual start-ups is down somewhat to about $450,000, but the number of startups and
inexperienced entrepreneurs has increased. There is no doubt that entrepreneurship continues to be a difficult
and risky endeavor. The SBA projects that 544,800 small businesses closed in 2005, and an additional 39,201
probably filed for bankruptcy, according to SBA estimates, up from 35,037 in 2003.

        The largest investment ecosystem in the country for early-stage investing, called Angelsoft, has grown
over the past four years to 405 angel groups of about 75 investors each, and they have standardized on a
common platform, along with many venture capitalists. In addition to the angel investors, venture capitalists using
the same ecosystem invested over $7.4 billion into US startups in Q2 2008 alone. The ecosystem continues to
grow and service budding entrepreneurs who can put together a credible team, a convincing business plan, and a
financial model of their efforts.




                                           Figure 1: Angel Ecosystem Relative Growth

        Unfortunately, today only a small number of companies who apply get funded. This chart shows that only
about 1 out of 100 make it through the different stages of the Angel Group process, based on data from the most
active groups. The 99 out of 100 that don't make it today represent the need that Startup Professionals is filling,
and represents the opportunity for this company's products and services.


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                                               Figure 2: Deal Funnel for Startups

        With help from experienced professionals, experts argue that it's less risky to create a business now than
ever before. Many years of rock-bottom interest rates has made it easier and cheaper for new entrepreneurs to
borrow startup funds. Meanwhile, venture capital funds and other private equity investors are pouring more and
more money into young companies. "We are figuring out new ways to bring increasingly huge amounts of capital
to startups," says Carl Schramm, head of the Kauffman Foundation and author of The Entrepreneurial Imperative.
Schramm also points out that even as startup money is becoming more readily available, plummeting technology
costs make it less necessary now that entrepreneurs often can purchase powerful computers and software
without maxing out their credit cards.


The Company
Mission
        Startup Professionals mission is to enable entrepreneurs to efficiently and effectively navigate the
business challenges that are required of every startup, but are not part of the founders area of expertise and
experience. The Startup Professionals principals have extensive experience with all aspects of business, and
have pulled together a set of practical resources and links, available through their web site, which will be of help
to every entrepreneur. In addition, these professionals are available for consultation and mentoring directly, via
email, telephone, or on-site consulting, to address unique situations.


Client Benefits
        Clients can benefit from Startup Professional's services by avoiding the time delays and high costs often
associated with startup activities which have nothing to do with the business opportunities that they know and are
gearing up to address. No one knows the true costs involved, but most experts agree that startups who get
expert help improve their survival chances tremendously. Small Business Administration statistics show that 80%
of startups fail, and only 1% of startups requesting investment capital are able to achieve this objective.

        Our startup professionals have been there, have mentored and led other companies, and have extensive,
long-term relationships with high-level individuals in the Silicon Valley, other parts of the USA, and many other
countries. Startup Professionals can connect a promising early-stage company with luminaries in the fields of
banking, accounting, recruiting, venture financing and legal representation.




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