Your business plan partner

Masterplans develops industry-leading business plans for entrepreneurs seeking funding, immigration visas, and strategic direction. With more than 15 years’ experience and over 16,000 business plans to our credit, we deliver best-in-class research and financial modeling. The average businessperson will spend 250 hours developing an acceptable business plan.

Entrepreneurs choose Masterplans because we save you time, headaches, and guesswork, delivering a first draft in as little as 10 days.

 
$1,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2002
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Portland, OR
headquarters
  • 1155 SW Morrison St, Suite 200
    Portland, OR 97205
    United States

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Key clients: 

Heidi Ho Organics, Union Cab, Conductor, Senior Homestyle Living, Crave Bake Shop, Green House, Work Her Way, Motometer, PixelMags, Pegasus Aircraft Maintenance, Skout Natural, Triple S Beef, The AB&Y Group

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Business Plan for Aviation Maintenance School

"They have made my dreams into reality, literally."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Masterplans assists with the creation of a small-business plan for a local trade school concept, conducting detailed research to determine objectives and document feasibility prior to funding proposals.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Las Vegas, Nevada
Owner, Aviation School
 
Not verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through Masterplans’ robust data-gathering process, the initiative has already secured the first major investor meeting. The team’s attentive service, candid suggestions, and outstanding price point continue to instill a sense of trust and accomplishment. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I started an aviation maintenance company 17 years ago, which serviced commercial airplanes and wide-body cargo jets in Anchorage, Alaska. I have an idea for a new company that serves as an aviation maintenance school.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Masterplans?

I had a customer, a major American passenger airline, breach a contract, and I was going out of business. I read about the significance of having a business plan on the Small Business Administration’s website, so I decided to find a firm that could produce a plan for me.

I reached out to them for my current business because they were successful for my 2 previous business plans. They’ve built a personal track record with me. They have made my dreams into reality, literally. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

My project manager offered a personalized service to understand my business. That’s Masterplans’ best quality: they wanted to know everything about my business so they could write about it in greater detail. Masterplans wrote a business plan to convey my business services and gave me guidance and mentoring as well, without charging me for it.

In 2009, I sold my first business. At the time, I’d wanted to be a concert promoter, but I did not follow the business plan. Masterplans had assessed the demographics of Anchorage, Alaska, but I tried to start the business plan in another state. I lost $100,000, but if I’d followed their business plan, I’d probably be a multi-millionaire.

My current company is a business plan for an aviation maintenance school. Masterplans started with giving me a questionnaire to complete. Then, we went through an interview process, and I told them about my vision and what I wanted for my business. Finally, they bring it to life. I haven’t asked them to do any marketing, but they’ve done everything else I’ve asked for.

After drafting my business plan, they provide consulting about how to raise funds. The current business plan isn’t completed because we need more data. They’re researching and helping me find the data I need to complete the plan.

How did you come to work with Masterplans?

I did an online search via Yahoo and came up with Masterplans. I called the owner, and he flew from Portland, Oregon to Anchorage, Alaska and spent the weekend at my house. He absorbed my business and wanted to get a thorough understanding of its challenges, what I needed, and why I needed it. We were successful in getting this on paper, and it saved my business.

How much have you invested with Masterplans?

I believe I spent $3,000–$3,500 for the first plan 15 years ago. I’ve done 3 business plans with them over the last 17 years (2002, 2009, and a third in progress). The cost of the current project is about $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

They saved my business the first time around when I had everything on the line. The second time, my business would have worked if I had followed through. The current engagement started about 3 months ago, but this isn’t a typical business plan. I would say that 90% of the plan is done, but I have to give them more information. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

I haven’t implemented the business plan yet. My ultimate goal is to present my idea to some investors and get funding. That’s how I’ll know whether the plan is successful. Previous business plans produced by Masterplans enabled me to get the money I needed. I already have a meeting coming up with a major investor.

How did Masterplans perform from a project management standpoint?

On a scale of 1–10, they’re a 12. I went to a conference in Seattle, and my project manager also attended and sat with me for 2 days. They’re like a concierge service, holding my hand and walking through the process with me. They stay engaged and don’t leave me hanging. I have an open-door policy when I have more information I want to share with them. They’re fantastic as far as I’m concerned. My project manager often calls to give me more information, or I can leave him a voicemail.

What did you find most impressive about Masterplans?

They’re invested in the work with me. It’s my dream and my visions, but I feel like we’re working together and they’re on my side. As an entrepreneur, I sometimes have doubts, but they assure me that I’m exploring something that can actually work.

Are there any areas Masterplans could improve?

No, I’m happy with their service and the way they’ve treated me over the last 15 years. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They respect their deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Other firms would’ve cost me almost double.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve used them 3 times.