September 19, 2014  
 
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  Asheville, North Carolina Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Asheville, North Carolina

Are you starting a business in Asheville, North Carolina? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Asheville.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Good Business Ideas.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening an Accounts Receivable Loan Business guide or our Opening a Carrying Cases Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in Asheville. Some businesses will do better in Asheville than others. Study Asheville demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Asheville, North Carolina Demographic Information

Asheville has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.

To give you a better feel for Asheville demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Asheville.

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 7611
5-9 Employees 2681
10-19 Employees 1983
20-49 Employees 1461
50-99 Employees 456
100-249 Employees 246
250-499 Employees 42
500-999 Employees 15
1000+ Employees 6
All Asheville Businesses 14501

As a new Asheville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Asheville for each business category. By looking at this chart, you can get a general sense for how much competition there is in the business niche that you are pursuing.

Business Type # of
Businesses
Advertising Agencies 10
Ambulance Services 1
Amusement Arcades 3
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 36
Art Dealers 7
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 3
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 33
Automotive Transmission Repair 6
Baked Goods Stores 3
Beauty Salons 46
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 23
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 9
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Boat Dealers 1
Book Publishers 5
Book Stores 13
Bowling Centers 2
Breweries 1
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 2
Building Inspection Services 3
Business Associations 13
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Cafeterias 5
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 2
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 11
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 5
Caterers 9
Cemeteries and Crematories 3
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 9
Child Day Care Services 33
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 9
Civic and Social Organizations 18
Claims Adjusting 5
Clothing Accessories Stores 4
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 6
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Flexographic Printing 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 8
Commercial Photography 5
Commercial Screen Printing 4
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 10
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 19
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Consumer Lending 11
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 4
Convenience Stores 12
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Couriers 4
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 3
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 16
Custom Computer Programming Services 19
Dance Companies 2
Dental Laboratories 7
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 3
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 2
Digital Printing 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 6
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 3
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 7
Display Advertising 2
Document Preparation Services 4
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 21
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 8
Educational Support Services 5
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 46
Electronic Shopping 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 18
Employment Placement Agencies 5
Engineering Services 28
Environmental Consulting Services 7
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 5
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 5
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 25
Family Planning Centers 3
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 9
Finish Carpentry Contractors 23
Fish and Seafood Markets 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 17
Floor Covering Stores 13
Flooring Contractors 4
Florists 14
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 10
Food Service Contractors 5
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 3
Framing Contractors 9
Freight Transportation Arrangement 7
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 2
Full-Service Restaurants 166
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 8
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 3
Furniture Stores 29
General Automotive Repair 34
General Freight Trucking, Local 6
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 6
General Warehousing and Storage 4
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 54
Glass and Glazing Contractors 4
Glove and Mitten Manufacturing 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Grantmaking Foundations 11
Graphic Design Services 19
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 4
Hardware Stores 5
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Heating Oil Dealers 4
Historical Sites 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 14
Home Centers 4
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 6
Home Health Care Services 12
Home Health Equipment Rental 4
Homes for the Elderly 9
Household Appliance Stores 7
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 68
Interior Design Services 7
Internet Service Providers 2
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 15
Janitorial Services 30
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 3
Jewelry Stores 29
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 5
Landscape Architectural Services 10
Landscaping Services 28
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 6
Limited-Service Restaurants 149
Limousine Service 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 3
Locksmiths 2
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Machine Shops 8
Mail-Order Houses 5
Malt Manufacturing 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 9
Marketing Consulting Services 15
Masonry Contractors 7
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Markets 1
Medical Laboratories 5
Men's Clothing Stores 13
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mobile Food Services 2
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 23
Motion Picture and Video Production 4
Motor Vehicle Towing 6
Motorcycle Dealers 6
Museums 6
Musical Groups and Artists 6
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 4
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 2
Nail Salons 1
Natural Gas Distribution 2
New Car Dealers 19
New Housing Operative Builders 13
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 5
Nonresidential Property Managers 13
Nonwoven Fabric Mills 2
Nursing Care Facilities 11
Office Administrative Services 19
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 5
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 7
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 45
Offices of Chiropractors 39
Offices of Dentists 82
Offices of Lawyers 141
Offices of Optometrists 15
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Offices of Podiatrists 7
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 20
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Open-End Investment Funds 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2
Optical Goods Stores 9
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Paging 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 4
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 24
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Passenger Car Rental 3
Periodical Publishers 8
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 8
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 12
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 4
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 25
Photography Studios, Portrait 13
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 2
Portfolio Management 8
Poultry Processing 1
Private Mail Centers 3
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 3
Public Relations Agencies 3
Quick Printing 8
Radio Stations 16
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 25
Real Estate Investment Trusts 3
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 29
Residential Remodelers 35
Retail Bakeries 6
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 2
Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing 1
Roofing Contractors 6
Sales Financing 5
Savings Institutions 12
Sawmills 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 27
Security Guards and Patrol Services 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 3
Shoe Stores 25
Siding Contractors 6
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 9
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 30
Software Publishers 4
Solid Waste Collection 5
Sound Recording Studios 1
Sporting Goods Stores 20
Sports and Recreation Instruction 10
Sports Teams and Clubs 2
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tax Preparation Services 12
Taxi Service 4
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Telephone Answering Services 1
Television Broadcasting 3
Temporary Help Services 35
Temporary Shelters 5
Testing Laboratories 8
Textile Bag Mills 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 2
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 14
Tire Retreading 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 4
Tobacco Stores 3
Tour Operators 3
Tradebinding and Related Work 2
Travel Agencies 6
Used Car Dealers 26
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 4
Used Merchandise Stores 33
Vending Machine Operators 4
Veterinary Services 22
Video Tape and Disc Rental 10
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 3
Voluntary Health Organizations 7
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 20
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 10
Women's Clothing Stores 34

Forming a Company in Asheville, North Carolina

It's very important that you form your business as a legal structure. The principal advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in North Carolina, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in North Carolina. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Avoiding Personal Liability in Business. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Asheville, North Carolina, our web page covering Incorporating in North Carolina may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in North Carolina.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Free Business Plan Templates. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in North Carolina.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Asheville business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Advertising Campaigns discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

Given that you are starting a business in Asheville, North Carolina, you should get information on some of the learning programs at local North Carolina educational institutions. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate networking organizations for Asheville entrepreneurs.

Never Give Up

Most new Asheville businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Asheville and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Asheville, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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