November 15, 2019  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Georgia Entrepreneurs  
  Atlanta, Georgia Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Atlanta, Georgia

Need help starting a business in Atlanta, Georgia? We've got the information you need to open a business in Atlanta.

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Drain Services Business guide or our How to Start a Water Filters Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Remember that you are opening your new business in Atlanta. Some businesses will do better in Atlanta than others. A critical consideration is whether Atlanta demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Atlanta, Georgia Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 503541
5-9 Employees 152289
10-19 Employees 109539
20-49 Employees 90855
50-99 Employees 35991
100-249 Employees 23355
250-499 Employees 7263
500-999 Employees 3240
1000+ Employees 1809
All Atlanta Businesses 927882

As a new Atlanta entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Atlanta 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 2
Advertising Agencies 170
Air Traffic Control 1
Aircraft Manufacturing 1
Ambulance Services 6
Amusement Arcades 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 3
Apprenticeship Training 5
Architectural Services 260
Armored Car Services 7
Art Dealers 46
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automobile Driving Schools 6
Automobile Manufacturing 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 10
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 10
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 65
Automotive Transmission Repair 17
Baked Goods Stores 12
Barber Shops 22
Beauty Salons 332
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 2
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 7
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 120
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Blood and Organ Banks 4
Boat Dealers 2
Book Publishers 15
Book Stores 63
Books Printing 2
Bowling Centers 5
Breweries 3
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 2
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 2
Broom, Brush, and Mop Manufacturing 4
Building Inspection Services 22
Burial Casket Manufacturing 1
Business and Secretarial Schools 4
Business Associations 96
Business to Business Electronic Markets 6
Cable and Other Program Distribution 25
Cafeterias 38
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 29
Canvas and Related Product Mills 4
Car Washes 32
Carpet and Rug Mills 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 21
Caterers 64
Cement Manufacturing 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 12
Charter Bus Industry 14
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 53
Child Day Care Services 261
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 28
Civic and Social Organizations 94
Claims Adjusting 34
Clay Refractory Manufacturing 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 45
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 47
Collection Agencies 41
Commercial Bakeries 12
Commercial Flexographic Printing 4
Commercial Gravure Printing 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 80
Commercial Photography 43
Commercial Screen Printing 22
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 12
Commodity Contracts Dealing 6
Community Food Services 6
Computer and Software Stores 39
Computer Facilities Management Services 24
Computer Systems Design Services 425
Computer Training 21
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 2
Confectionery and Nut Stores 13
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 5
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 67
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 8
Convenience Stores 99
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 67
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 12
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 4
Couriers 66
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 29
Creamery Butter Manufacturing 1
Credit Bureaus 13
Credit Card Issuing 5
Credit Unions 74
Crown and Closure Manufacturing 1
Curtain and Drapery Mills 7
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 431
Custom Roll Forming 1
Dance Companies 2
Deep Sea Freight Transportation 4
Dental Laboratories 23
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 31
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 10
Digital Printing 11
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 116
Direct Mail Advertising 19
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 15
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 17
Discount Department Stores 10
Display Advertising 23
Distilleries 1
Document Preparation Services 30
Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing 2
Drafting Services 4
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 127
Dry Pasta Manufacturing 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 31
Educational Support Services 41
Electric Power Distribution 41
Electrical Contractors 133
Electronic Connector Manufacturing 2
Electronic Shopping 36
Elementary and Secondary Schools 87
Emergency and Other Relief Services 5
Employment Placement Agencies 101
Engineering Services 307
Envelope Manufacturing 5
Environmental Consulting Services 39
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 40
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 19
Fabric Coating Mills 1
Facilities Support Services 35
Family Clothing Stores 102
Family Planning Centers 7
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 18
Fats and Oils Refining and Blending 1
Fine Arts Schools 38
Finish Carpentry Contractors 38
Fish and Seafood Markets 4
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 8
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 123
Flight Training 13
Floor Covering Stores 44
Flooring Contractors 34
Florists 57
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 3
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 2
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 47
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 190
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 5
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 10
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 11
Framing Contractors 11
Freight Transportation Arrangement 188
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 3
Full-Service Restaurants 1,041
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 25
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 75
Furniture Stores 126
General Automotive Repair 178
General Freight Trucking, Local 44
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13
General Rental Centers 18
General Warehousing and Storage 79
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 115
Glass and Glazing Contractors 8
Glass Container Manufacturing 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 15
Grantmaking Foundations 56
Graphic Design Services 222
Gypsum Product Manufacturing 2
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 37
Hardware Stores 27
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 5
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Historical Sites 3
HMO Medical Centers 7
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 22
Home Centers 17
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 97
Home Health Care Services 53
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 36
Household Appliance Stores 15
Human Rights Organizations 29
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 9
Industrial Design Services 10
Industrial Launderers 19
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Inorganic Dye and Pigment Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 561
Interior Design Services 201
International Trade Financing 5
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 26
Internet Service Providers 47
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 4
Investigation Services 25
Investment Advice 206
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 174
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 3
Jewelry Stores 169
Junior Colleges 4
Kidney Dialysis Centers 26
Land Subdivision 86
Landscape Architectural Services 52
Landscaping Services 163
Language Schools 15
Lead Pencil and Art Good Manufacturing 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 11
Libraries and Archives 6
Limited-Service Restaurants 966
Limousine Service 13
Linen Supply 8
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 26
Locksmiths 13
Logging 2
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 16
Machine Shops 12
Mail-Order Houses 41
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marketing Consulting Services 287
Marking Device Manufacturing 3
Masonry Contractors 26
Mattress Manufacturing 3
Meat Markets 15
Meat Processed from Carcasses 2
Media Buying Agencies 11
Media Representatives 44
Medical Laboratories 27
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 60
Metal Heat Treating 1
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 2
Metal Stamping 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 4
Miscellaneous Intermediation 55
Mobile Food Services 4
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 216
Motion Picture and Video Distribution 2
Motion Picture and Video Production 112
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 2
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 2
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 18
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Museums 16
Music Publishers 7
Musical Groups and Artists 34
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 8
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 2
Nail Salons 38
Natural Gas Distribution 12
New Car Dealers 41
New Housing Operative Builders 54
News Dealers and Newsstands 21
News Syndicates 5
Newspaper Publishers 27
Nonresidential Property Managers 147
Nursing Care Facilities 38
Office Administrative Services 182
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 60
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 34
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 7
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 368
Offices of Chiropractors 163
Offices of Dentists 470
Offices of Lawyers 1,492
Offices of Optometrists 64
Offices of Other Holding Companies 76
Offices of Podiatrists 19
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 62
One-Hour Photofinishing 3
Open-End Investment Funds 2
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 2
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4
Optical Goods Stores 47
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 3
Packaging and Labeling Services 9
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 5
Paging 6
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 10
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 25
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 60
Paper Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1
Parking Lots and Garages 248
Passenger Car Leasing 2
Passenger Car Rental 35
Payroll Services 33
Periodical Publishers 85
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 3
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 23
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 35
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 21
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 115
Photography Studios, Portrait 78
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 2
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 7
Political Organizations 21
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 2
Port and Harbor Operations 1
Portfolio Management 127
Poultry Processing 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Prepress Services 11
Printing Ink Manufacturing 7
Private Mail Centers 27
Professional Employer Organizations 36
Professional Organizations 80
Public Relations Agencies 117
Quick Printing 37
Racetracks 1
Radio Networks 8
Radio Stations 62
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 17
Real Estate Credit 223
Real Estate Investment Trusts 35
Record Production 9
Recreational Goods Rental 3
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 9
Reinsurance Carriers 9
Remediation Services 9
Repossession Services 7
Residential Property Managers 234
Residential Remodelers 142
Retail Bakeries 13
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 22
Roofing Contractors 35
Rooming and Boarding Houses 11
Sales Financing 59
Savings Institutions 45
Saw Blade and Handsaw Manufacturing 1
Sawmills 2
Scheduled Freight Air Transportation 11
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 32
Schiffli Machine Embroidery 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 2
Seafood Canning 1
Secondary Market Financing 6
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 2
Securities Brokerage 140
Security Guards and Patrol Services 70
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Setup Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 8
Shoe Stores 153
Siding Contractors 11
Sign Manufacturing 29
Site Preparation Contractors 24
Skiing Facilities 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 153
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 10
Soft Drink Manufacturing 6
Software Publishers 96
Software Reproducing 2
Solid Waste Collection 13
Solid Waste Landfill 2
Sound Recording Studios 26
Special Needs Transportation 13
Specialty Canning 1
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 4
Sporting Goods Stores 62
Sports and Recreation Instruction 32
Sports Teams and Clubs 6
Steel Wire Drawing 1
Support Activities for Forestry 2
Tax Preparation Services 89
Taxi Service 13
Telecommunications Resellers 30
Telemarketing Bureaus 12
Telephone Answering Services 11
Television Broadcasting 20
Temporary Help Services 300
Temporary Shelters 15
Testing Laboratories 17
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 34
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 10
Timber Tract Operations 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 15
Tire Dealers 51
Tire Retreading 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 41
Tobacco Stores 10
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 5
Tortilla Manufacturing 4
Tour Operators 18
Tradebinding and Related Work 9
Translation and Interpretation Services 13
Travel Agencies 136
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 54
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 41
Used Merchandise Stores 103
Vending Machine Operators 11
Veterinary Services 55
Video Tape and Disc Rental 43
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 27
Voluntary Health Organizations 41
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 3
Watch, Clock, and Part Manufacturing 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 3
Web Search Portals 5
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 470
Window Treatment Stores 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 202
Women's Clothing Stores 239
Women's Handbag and Purse Manufacturing 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 9
Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing 2
Wood Preservation 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 2
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 5

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Atlanta Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Georgia. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Atlanta.

If you are headed down the path of buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Forming a Company in Atlanta, Georgia

A critical step is ensuring that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. The principal advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

The entity you form can be 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 Georgia, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Georgia. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. 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 How to Incorporate. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Atlanta, Georgia, our information on Incorporating in Georgia may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Georgia.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Georgia.

Bring in Revenues

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Atlanta or are selling to customers throughout Georgia, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Mastering the Complex Sale is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Interviews With Atlanta Entrepreneurs

We're compiling a number of interviews with Atlanta entrepreneurs. Enjoy!

What's Next?

You have a dream -- starting a business in Atlanta. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

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 Atlanta and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Atlanta entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Atlanta, Georgia

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Atlanta.

 

 

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