One crucial function they perform is the formulation of business plans. This plan is based on the information provided by the client coupled with the vast wealth of knowledge and research a business plan consultant has.
This may be nothing more than arranging training for employees or setting a timeline for goals to be met. It is not unusual, however, to find them becoming a temporary presence in different office activities.
Production Operation - If a product must be manufactured, what is the process? Will the work be done on-site or subcontracted? Who are the subcontractor(s)? If on-site, what space, equipment, machinery, production employees are needed? What suppliers are needed? Who are they? How will quality be assured? What is the anticipated production output? What established credit lines do you have? Possible Data Sources: local Chamber of Commerce; yellow pages; trade associations.
Organization - How is the business structured? Who are the principals and the principal shareholders? What authority does each principal have in the venture? What are management's qualifications? What is the job description for each position? What does the organizational chart look like? Possible Data Sources: on-line templates for job descriptions & organizational chart.