An effective business plan details how your company will achieve its goals by describing your products or services, your organizational structure, marketing ideas and how your company will distinguish itself from competitors.

Business plans are most often used to attract potential investors, but some companies also use these plans to communicate their culture to employees or to provide compelling reasons for a merger. Although it may seem minor, the business plan cover page can create a powerful first impression that sets the stage for how readers will engage with the document.

Your business plan cover page should include your company’s logo centered at the top of the page. The best practice is to create a high-resolution image of the logo and make it consistent with the font type and color scheme of the logo, as it appears in all your company’s documents. The logo should be the first thing that catches your readers' eyes and helps them associate that logo with your company name. Placing the logo at the top of the page establishes a strong brand association that focuses a reader's attention throughout the document.

Write the Title and Company Name

Skip several lines after the company logo and write the words “Business Plan”. Center this title on the cover page and make sure that it is in bold. Include any additional words that are part of the title. For example, you could write, “Five-Year Business Plan,” or “Three-Year Business Plan.” The title should have the second largest font after your company name.

Skip two lines. Then, under the title of your business plan, write and center the name of your business. Your business name should be in bold and set off in the largest font on the page so that it stands out. If readers take away nothing else from the cover page, they should know and remember the name of your company.

Write the Company Address and Date

Under the company name and logo, write and center your business address. This is the address where investors or other interested parties should send all their inquiries. If you already have a website that is up and running, you can include the web address after the physical address. Include your business phone number and business fax number. Directly below the contact information, write and center the month and year in which you completed the business plan.

Write a Confidentiality Statement

Centered at the bottom of the page, include a confidentiality statement. For example, you could write, “This document contains confidential and proprietary information created by [your company name]. This document is issued exclusively for informational purposes, and may not be reproduced without the consent of [your company name].”