"Takes the guesswork out of writing a business plan... guides the user through the writing of each part of a business plan using lots of 'wizards,' or pages with simple questions that, once answered, move the plan forward."

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"One of the best business planning tools."

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"Produces a finished product you can hand to bankers."

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"We have been extraordinarily happy with the Business Plan Pro software and more importantly with Palo Alto Software."

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"A great example of an out-of-box solution that is user-friendly and produces a formatted final product you can circulate among potential investors."

Entrepreneur Magazine
Editor's Choice Award Winner

"Business Plan Pro has become the shining beacon upon the hill for budding entrepreneurs."

PC Quarterly Editor's Choice Award winner

"Business Plan Pro 15th Anniversary Edition helps you create polished, professional business plans backed up by solid financials you can take to the bank. This tried-and-true software helps you prepare a polished, written business plan."

PC World Magazine

"Everything you need for an irresistible business plan."

Computer User Magazine

"Superb program that is a must for anyone serious about making their business a success."

The Sun

"Palo Alto Software's Business Plan Pro has pretty much built a monopoly in the business planning software category. It's earned that status and has never rested on its laurels... Don't start a business without it."

Small Business Computing

"You'll never be able to produce anything, in terms of content or presentation, to match the impressive business plans generated by Business Plan Pro."

Computer Buyer Magazine
5-Star Review

"Business Plan Pro is the best business planning software on the market with no close second in sight."

Bright Hub

"Business Plan Pro remains the industry's top-selling off-the-shelf application for planning and analysis."

Accounting Today

"The leader in business planning software for startups and small businesses"

Entrepreneur Magazine

"There's probably no better way to create a plan than to use Palo Alto Software's Business Plan Pro"

Small Business Computing

"Very useful with a short learning curve."


"An easy way to get started"


Awarded "Best Small Business Software"
Start Your Business magazine

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One million Business Plan Pro users can't be wrong!

We can't talk to them all, so here are just a few of their stories

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Got a $1 million loan

The Barton family had been running Gold River Orchards for almost 100 years. Business Plan Pro helped them to the next level. Read more »

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Dorm room startup

A college fundraiser turned successful business, thanks to smart business planning, and Business Plan Pro.

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From a passion to a profession

Though he was familiar with business plans, Business Plan Pro helped Jim Glasgow "think about my plan in a logical format." Read more »

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$200,000 borrowed and repaid

Kris Price credits Business Plan Pro with helping her change careers and start the business she dreamed of Read more »

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Finding and filling a need

Philip Amoa had an "aha!" moment, and Business Plan Pro helped make it a successful business.
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Building philanthropy
into the plan

"Our plan was developed as the primary tool for managing our business," says CEO Christine Crowley Peters. Read more »

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A real-life Hollywood story

Read how Njoroge Kabugu, an immigrant from Kenya, realized the American Dream with his own retail business. Read more »

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Creative projects require creative plans

Even with an unusual business model, Charlotte Rinderknecht of Studio Kinate uses Business Plan Pro to guide her company. Read more »

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Startup grows into
successful franchise

Business Plan Pro helped Cafe Yumm! realize its dreams for other stores and product lines. Read more »