Business Plan Guidelines
Preparation and Use
The business plan should be an integral part of the management and oversight of a financial institution
(institution). It should establish the institution’s goals and objectives. It is a written summary of how
the business will organize its resources to meet its goals and how the institution will measure progress.
The business plan should be a comprehensive plan, which is the result of in-depth planning by the
institution’s organizers and management. It should realistically forecast market demand, customer
base, competition, and economic conditions. The plan must reflect sound banking principles and
demonstrate realistic assessment of risk in light of economic and competitive conditions in the market
to be served. An institution with a special purpose or focus (for example, credit card, trust only, cash
management, or bankers’ bank) should address this special or unique feature in detail in the
appropriate sections of the plan.