If a community is to be a key organizer of an efficient, locally-controlled network of production and distribution, then business development must be included in its development strategy. But it is not enough to own and manage businesses; they must be tools of empowerment. CED requires a particular type of business development that reflects the type of private sector being created - one based on values different from those currently regulating business. Includes a table relating an array of community issues to their implications for local strategies in general and business plans in particular. The author demonstrates the use of this tool in the case of the Place Communautaire Rita-St-Pierre in Victoriaville, QC.