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Professional Writing Guide: Types of Business Writing

Resources for professional writing

The Business Plan

A business plan is a formal written document containing the goals of a business, the methods for attaining those goals, and the time-frame for the achievement of the goals. It also describes the nature of the business, background information on the organization, the organization's financial projections, and the strategies it intends to implement to achieve the stated targets.  Here are a sample of the books on creating a Business Plan from the Gordon Library.  Search for more books using the WPI Library Search box.

The Executive Summary

An executive summary is a brief overview of a report designed to give readers a preview and understanding of its contents. An executive summary should explain why you wrote your report, emphasize your recommendations, and include only the essential information to support any conclusions. Here are links to guides on creating an executive summary.

The Business Memo

A business memo is used for communication within a company with the purpose of either bringing attention to problems or providing solutions to problems.  Memos inform the reader about new company information and are most effective when they connect the purpose of the writer with the interests and needs of the reader.  Here are a few guides on writing a business memo.