About this Course:
The C-BED Tool for Business Plans is a companion to the C-BED training tools for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (AE) and Small Business Owners (SBO). It is designed for groups who have already completed these training tools and will be able to draw on this work to complete a business plan.
The Tool for Business Plans is part of Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED), a low cost, innovative training program designed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to support skills development and empowerment in local communities for improvements in livelihoods, productivity and working conditions.
The training tools incorporate hands-on, activity based lessons, maximizing the use of diagrams and pictures so that both literate and illiterate participants are able to learn together. This alternative teaching method has been found to promote increased leadership and participation during the course and translates to greater individual feelings of empowerment and ties to the community once the course is complete.
The tool is divided into two sections. In Section #1 an introduction to each element of the business plan is provided along with instructions and examples on how to capture the relevant information for your business. Links to the activities completed in C-BED for AE and SBO are provided, as well as referral to other C-BED training tools for those entrepreneurs needing to develop their skills further. In Section #2, an overview of the business planning process is presented and a blank template for business plans is provided.