August 26, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Arizona Entrepreneurs  
  Flagstaff, Arizona 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 Flagstaff, Arizona

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

Will You Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Running your own business is demanding, much harder than working as an employee. Are you positive you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

Before you move forward with starting a business, be sure to do these three things:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Flagstaff. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • You should read The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Flagstaff, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 4469
5-9 Employees 1662
10-19 Employees 1104
20-49 Employees 720
50-99 Employees 210
100-249 Employees 87
250-499 Employees 18
500-999 Employees 3
1000+ Employees 6
All Flagstaff Businesses 8279

As a new Flagstaff entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Flagstaff 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
Advertising Agencies 8
Air Traffic Control 1
Ambulance Services 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 7
Armored Car Services 2
Art Dealers 5
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 4
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 13
Automotive Transmission Repair 4
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 25
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 4
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 5
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Boat Dealers 1
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 8
Books Printing 1
Bowling Centers 1
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business and Secretarial Schools 1
Business Associations 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 2
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 9
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 8
Caterers 3
Child and Youth Services 7
Child Day Care Services 13
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 6
Claims Adjusting 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 7
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Gravure Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 3
Commercial Photography 3
Commodity Contracts Dealing 1
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 5
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 15
Computer Training 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 3
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 3
Consumer Lending 3
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 5
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Couriers 4
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 2
Credit Unions 5
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 9
Dental Laboratories 3
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 2
Digital Printing 1
Dimension Stone Mining and Quarrying 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 2
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 6
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 3
Document Preparation Services 1
Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing 1
Drafting Services 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 18
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 9
Educational Support Services 8
Electrical Contractors 37
Electronic Shopping 7
Elementary and Secondary Schools 9
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 25
Environmental Consulting Services 9
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 15
Family Planning Centers 1
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 8
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 7
Floor Covering Stores 8
Flooring Contractors 4
Florists 7
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 4
Food Service Contractors 3
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Framing Contractors 8
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 92
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 2
Furniture Stores 10
General Automotive Repair 37
General Freight Trucking, Local 12
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 12
Glass and Glazing Contractors 4
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 5
Grantmaking Foundations 4
Graphic Design Services 3
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 3
Hardware Stores 4
Historical Sites 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 6
Home Centers 3
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 4
Home Health Care Services 5
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 4
Household Appliance Stores 4
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 44
Interior Design Services 4
Internet Service Providers 1
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 2
Janitorial Services 31
Jewelry Stores 14
Junior Colleges 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 8
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 29
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 8
Limited-Service Restaurants 73
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Locksmiths 2
Logging 1
Machine Shops 3
Mail-Order Houses 1
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 6
Marketing Consulting Services 2
Masonry Contractors 24
Meat Markets 2
Medical Laboratories 5
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 5
Motion Picture and Video Production 3
Motor Vehicle Towing 8
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Museums 2
Musical Groups and Artists 3
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 3
Nail Salons 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 10
New Housing Operative Builders 6
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 3
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 6
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 3
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 5
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 36
Offices of Chiropractors 16
Offices of Dentists 46
Offices of Lawyers 61
Offices of Optometrists 9
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 9
One-Hour Photofinishing 2
Optical Goods Stores 8
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paging 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 4
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 28
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Passenger Car Rental 9
Payroll Services 5
Periodical Publishers 3
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 7
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 5
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 6
Professional Organizations 1
Public Relations Agencies 3
Quick Printing 3
Radio Stations 4
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 9
Real Estate Investment Trusts 1
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Repossession Services 2
Residential Property Managers 8
Residential Remodelers 17
Retail Bakeries 2
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 10
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Sales Financing 1
Sawmills 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 13
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Shoe Stores 7
Siding Contractors 4
Sign Manufacturing 3
Site Preparation Contractors 14
Skiing Facilities 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 11
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Sound Recording Studios 1
Sporting Goods Stores 26
Sports and Recreation Instruction 3
Tax Preparation Services 7
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 3
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Television Broadcasting 2
Temporary Help Services 10
Temporary Shelters 2
Testing Laboratories 2
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 5
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 6
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 4
Travel Agencies 3
Used Car Dealers 5
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 3
Used Merchandise Stores 7
Vending Machine Operators 2
Veterinary Services 13
Video Tape and Disc Rental 5
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 5
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 3
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 5
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 4
Women's Clothing Stores 4
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Flagstaff, you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as How Franchises Work. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Fun Bus and KID-FIT. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Asian Restaurant Franchises and Environmental Testing Franchises.

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

Startup Financing Basics

Raising money to fund your new Flagstaff business is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Business Incubators.

For Flagstaff entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, browse our List of Arizona Angel Investors and our List of Arizona Venture Capital Firms.

Letting the World Know You Exist

To grow your Flagstaff business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some useful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Pricing and Positioning is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Flagstaff, Arizona, you should check out some of the learning programs at local Arizona educational institutions. You should also check if there are any networking organizations for Flagstaff entrepreneurs.

What's Next?

As an entrepreneur in Flagstaff, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

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

We are here to help Flagstaff businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Flagstaff 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 Flagstaff, Arizona

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

  • Resources for Flagstaff, Arizona Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Flagstaff entrepreneurs.
  • Arizona Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Arizona.
  • Arizona Small Business Development Center - Arizona’s Small Business Development Center Network is an innovative partnership between the state’s ten community college districts and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The network is the largest and most accessible source of assistance to Arizona businesses with fewer than 200 employees.



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