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Milestones are directly related to your business goals. Each milestone will have a series of specific tasks which must be accomplished along the way.

milestone-chartThe milestone checklist captures the action items outlined throughout the plan and enables you to assign time lines and responsibilities.

An additional column may be added to record approximate budget allocations for specific milestones.

As you look at your entire plan, be sure to consider what might go wrong. This is not being negative, it is being prepared.

Your Assignment

Create a list of the pitfalls, regulatory issues, competitive challenges, and changing marketplace conditions that could adversely affect your business.