Market Analysis : Undertake some market research to get a better idea of the opportunities that currently exist in your market. Do a competitive analysis to get a better understanding of your competitors. Once you understand more about them, set out a plan for competing against them by offering something different in the way of menus and services.
Mission Statement : Try to sum up what the business will be about in a few short sentences. A mission statement is similar to a slogan. It is a quick way of letting readers know about the ideals and standards that a company represents. Putting profits aside for a minute, try to think about the purpose of the business. How is your catering business making people's lives better?
The most important aspect of business planning (the "What does it all come down to?" part), however, is spending the time to do your research ("due diligence") and critically thinking about these various aspects of your business. Of course, it is impossible to anticipate every detail simply by spending time thinking and writing; it is for this reason that plans are referred to and viewed as "dynamic". However, the more issues and scenarios you are able to come up with ahead of time, the more prepared you will be to handle these as they arise.
Background : Include some information on the catering industry at both the national and local levels. Take note of industry trends and try to forecast future developments.