May 20, 2018  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Ohio Entrepreneurs  
  Columbus, Ohio Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Open a Business in Columbus, Ohio

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

Do You Have Entrepreneurial Drive and Passion?

Most startup ventures do not succeed, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Columbus. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Columbus, Ohio Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 413658
5-9 Employees 171304
10-19 Employees 131166
20-49 Employees 103656
50-99 Employees 37842
100-249 Employees 21420
250-499 Employees 6678
500-999 Employees 2184
1000+ Employees 1176
All Columbus Businesses 889084

As a new Columbus entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Columbus 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
Abrasive Product Manufacturing 2
Adhesive Manufacturing 5
Advertising Agencies 45
Air Traffic Control 2
Aircraft Manufacturing 1
Aluminum Extruded Product Manufacturing 1
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 2
Ambulance Services 8
Amusement Arcades 6
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 9
Apprenticeship Training 6
Architectural Services 120
Armored Car Services 3
Art Dealers 21
Automatic Vending Machine Manufacturing 1
Automobile Driving Schools 6
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 17
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 155
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 84
Automotive Transmission Repair 15
Baked Goods Stores 19
Barber Shops 10
Beauty Salons 214
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 2
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 5
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 74
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 4
Blood and Organ Banks 7
Boat Dealers 2
Book Publishers 14
Book Stores 40
Books Printing 3
Bowling Centers 13
Breweries 2
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 15
Burial Casket Manufacturing 1
Business and Secretarial Schools 2
Business Associations 113
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 6
Cafeterias 20
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 18
Canvas and Related Product Mills 3
Car Washes 33
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 33
Caterers 38
Cement Manufacturing 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 6
Charter Bus Industry 2
Child and Youth Services 41
Child Day Care Services 216
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 19
Civic and Social Organizations 104
Claims Adjusting 37
Clothing Accessories Stores 27
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 33
Collection Agencies 26
Commercial Bakeries 9
Commercial Flexographic Printing 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 45
Commercial Photography 10
Commercial Screen Printing 23
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 3
Commodity Contracts Dealing 1
Community Food Services 4
Computer and Software Stores 31
Computer Facilities Management Services 12
Computer Systems Design Services 135
Computer Training 5
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 3
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 19
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 7
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 5
Consumer Lending 25
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 13
Convenience Stores 125
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 23
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 4
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 7
Couriers 31
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 9
Credit Bureaus 5
Credit Unions 38
Curtain and Drapery Mills 2
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 4
Custom Computer Programming Services 132
Dance Companies 1
Dental Laboratories 23
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 22
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 10
Digital Printing 3
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 43
Direct Mail Advertising 10
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 40
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 5
Discount Department Stores 23
Display Advertising 7
Document Preparation Services 12
Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing 1
Drafting Services 4
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 265
Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters 1
Dry Pasta Manufacturing 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 44
Educational Support Services 27
Electric Power Distribution 22
Electrical Contractors 125
Electron Tube Manufacturing 1
Electronic Auctions 1
Electronic Shopping 18
Elementary and Secondary Schools 66
Emergency and Other Relief Services 3
Employment Placement Agencies 43
Engineering Services 153
Environmental Consulting Services 19
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 12
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 23
Facilities Support Services 11
Family Clothing Stores 64
Family Planning Centers 8
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7
Fine Arts Schools 24
Finish Carpentry Contractors 55
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 92
Flight Training 2
Floor Covering Stores 36
Flooring Contractors 25
Florists 48
Flour Milling 1
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 33
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 2
Food Service Contractors 70
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 6
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 3
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 8
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 11
Framing Contractors 16
Freight Transportation Arrangement 52
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 6
Full-Service Restaurants 543
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 42
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 18
Furniture Stores 79
General Automotive Repair 161
General Freight Trucking, Local 54
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6
General Rental Centers 18
General Warehousing and Storage 57
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 79
Glass and Glazing Contractors 15
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 9
Grantmaking Foundations 30
Graphic Design Services 62
Hardware Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 28
Hardware Stores 36
Hat, Cap, and Millinery Manufacturing 1
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Historical Sites 3
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 38
Home Centers 18
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 19
Home Health Care Services 111
Home Health Equipment Rental 7
Homes for the Elderly 20
Household Appliance Stores 22
Human Rights Organizations 17
Hunting and Trapping 1
Hydroelectric Power Generation 1
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 3
Industrial Design Services 3
Industrial Launderers 13
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 4
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 389
Interior Design Services 29
International Trade Financing 4
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 6
Internet Service Providers 15
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 2
Investigation Services 15
Investment Advice 77
Iron and Steel Forging 2
Iron and Steel Mills 2
Iron Foundries 1
Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Janitorial Services 181
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 3
Jewelry Stores 96
Junior Colleges 4
Kidney Dialysis Centers 8
Land Subdivision 28
Landscape Architectural Services 14
Landscaping Services 145
Language Schools 3
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 16
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 759
Limousine Service 5
Linen Supply 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 2
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 16
Locksmiths 9
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 5
Luggage Manufacturing 1
Machine Shops 39
Mail-Order Houses 23
Manifold Business Forms Printing 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 4
Marinas 1
Marine Cargo Handling 1
Marketing Consulting Services 50
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 51
Materials Recovery Facilities 2
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Markets 13
Meat Processed from Carcasses 5
Media Buying Agencies 4
Media Representatives 6
Medical Laboratories 16
Men's Clothing Stores 43
Metal Can Manufacturing 2
Metal Heat Treating 2
Metal Stamping 5
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 5
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 2
Miscellaneous Intermediation 17
Mixed Mode Transit Systems 1
Mobile Food Services 7
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 92
Motion Picture and Video Distribution 2
Motion Picture and Video Production 23
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 2
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 3
Motor Vehicle Towing 17
Motorcycle Dealers 9
Museums 6
Music Publishers 1
Musical Groups and Artists 9
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 21
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 24
Natural Gas Distribution 9
New Car Dealers 61
New Housing Operative Builders 24
News Dealers and Newsstands 4
News Syndicates 6
Newspaper Publishers 21
Nonclay Refractory Manufacturing 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 46
Nursing Care Facilities 39
Office Administrative Services 58
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 44
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 37
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 189
Offices of Chiropractors 86
Offices of Dentists 371
Offices of Lawyers 670
Offices of Optometrists 65
Offices of Other Holding Companies 31
Offices of Podiatrists 30
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 49
One-Hour Photofinishing 6
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2
Optical Goods Stores 41
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 7
Packaging and Labeling Services 6
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 2
Packing and Crating 5
Paging 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 5
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 26
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 83
Parking Lots and Garages 123
Passenger Car Leasing 4
Passenger Car Rental 34
Payroll Services 16
Periodical Publishers 16
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 26
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 21
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 10
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 99
Photography Studios, Portrait 48
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 5
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 1
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 2
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 4
Plate Work Manufacturing 3
Political Organizations 15
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 48
Poultry Processing 1
Power-Driven Handtool Manufacturing 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 2
Prepress Services 8
Printing Ink Manufacturing 2
Private Mail Centers 16
Professional Employer Organizations 34
Professional Organizations 60
Public Relations Agencies 57
Quick Printing 25
Racetracks 2
Radio Stations 22
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 6
Real Estate Credit 118
Real Estate Investment Trusts 6
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 5
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 9
Reinsurance Carriers 4
Remediation Services 7
Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing 1
Repossession Services 8
Residential Property Managers 130
Residential Remodelers 142
Retail Bakeries 19
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 13
Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing 1
Roofing Contractors 58
Rooming and Boarding Houses 16
Rope, Cordage, and Twine Mills 1
Sales Financing 19
Savings Institutions 20
Saw Blade and Handsaw Manufacturing 2
Scheduled Freight Air Transportation 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 19
School and Employee Bus Transportation 3
Secondary Market Financing 3
Securities Brokerage 97
Security Guards and Patrol Services 22
Septic Tank and Related Services 3
Setup Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 12
Shoe Stores 76
Siding Contractors 12
Sign Manufacturing 30
Site Preparation Contractors 36
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 143
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Soft Drink Manufacturing 3
Software Publishers 33
Software Reproducing 3
Solid Waste Collection 14
Solid Waste Landfill 2
Sound Recording Studios 3
Special Needs Transportation 3
Specialty Canning 1
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 56
Sports and Recreation Instruction 30
Sports Teams and Clubs 4
Spring (Light Gauge) Manufacturing 2
Steel Investment Foundries 2
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 65
Taxi Service 8
Telecommunications Resellers 8
Telemarketing Bureaus 12
Telephone Answering Services 9
Television Broadcasting 9
Temporary Help Services 136
Temporary Shelters 15
Testing Laboratories 24
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 11
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 16
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 12
Tire Dealers 60
Tire Retreading 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 70
Tobacco Stores 33
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 6
Tradebinding and Related Work 2
Translation and Interpretation Services 3
Travel Agencies 35
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 69
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 23
Used Merchandise Stores 53
Vending Machine Operators 36
Veterinary Services 77
Video Tape and Disc Rental 47
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 26
Voluntary Health Organizations 26
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 10
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 3
Web Search Portals 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 119
Window Treatment Stores 11
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 77
Women's Clothing Stores 122
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 8
Wood Preservation 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Yarn Spinning Mills 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Columbus and it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?

Our recommendation is that you look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising Mistakes. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.

Representative franchise opportunities include Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille and Homewatch Caregivers. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Dating Service Franchises and Mail and Shipping Services Franchises.

Note on Columbus Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Columbus.

Should You Buy an Existing Columbus Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Ohio. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Columbus.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is critical to the health of your new business. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Plan Mistakes. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Ohio.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Columbus, Ohio, you should check out some of the many programs available at nearby Ohio universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking organizations for Columbus entrepreneurs.

Interviews With Columbus Entrepreneurs

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

Now It's Up To You

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Columbus and throughout the United States . We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Columbus, Ohio

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

  • Resources for Columbus, Ohio Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Columbus entrepreneurs.
  • Ohio Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Ohio.
  • Ohio Small Business Development Center - Whether you're starting your business, expanding your business, or just looking to stay in business, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDCs of Ohio) can help with professional guidance by connecting you with research, financing sources, and training opportunities.



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