August 26, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Arizona Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Glendale, Arizona

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

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Before announcing to the world that you are going to start your own business, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Glendale. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • Take a look at The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Glendale, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 64576
5-9 Employees 23248
10-19 Employees 14976
20-49 Employees 11208
50-99 Employees 3432
100-249 Employees 1704
250-499 Employees 480
500-999 Employees 264
1000+ Employees 48
All Glendale Businesses 119936

As a new Glendale entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Glendale 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 3
Air Traffic Control 1
Aircraft Manufacturing 1
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 3
Architectural Services 8
Art Dealers 4
Automobile Manufacturing 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 9
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 40
Automotive Transmission Repair 4
Baked Goods Stores 2
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 65
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 9
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Boat Dealers 3
Book Publishers 3
Book Stores 12
Books Printing 1
Bowling Centers 3
Building Inspection Services 5
Business Associations 3
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 5
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 3
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 16
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 13
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 3
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 6
Child Day Care Services 38
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 5
Civic and Social Organizations 16
Claims Adjusting 5
Clothing Accessories Stores 7
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 7
Collection Agencies 4
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 6
Commercial Photography 4
Commercial Screen Printing 3
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 10
Computer Systems Design Services 30
Computer Training 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 5
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 6
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2
Convenience Stores 13
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 3
Copper Wire (except Mechanical) Drawing 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Couriers 2
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 6
Credit Unions 16
Curtain and Drapery Mills 2
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 23
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 2
Dental Laboratories 9
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 11
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 4
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 5
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 8
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Discount Department Stores 6
Display Advertising 2
Document Preparation Services 9
Drafting Services 4
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 38
Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 34
Educational Support Services 2
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 76
Electronic Auctions 2
Electronic Connector Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 6
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10
Employment Placement Agencies 5
Engineering Services 34
Environmental Consulting Services 5
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 7
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 26
Family Clothing Stores 19
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Fine Arts Schools 6
Finish Carpentry Contractors 34
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 30
Flat Glass Manufacturing 1
Flight Training 2
Floor Covering Stores 4
Flooring Contractors 10
Florists 10
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 9
Food Service Contractors 18
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Framing Contractors 21
Freight Transportation Arrangement 14
Full-Service Restaurants 101
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 4
Furniture Stores 30
General Automotive Repair 60
General Freight Trucking, Local 25
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 2
General Warehousing and Storage 4
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 18
Glass and Glazing Contractors 12
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 6
Grantmaking Foundations 3
Graphic Design Services 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 6
Historical Sites 1
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 7
Home Centers 6
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 4
Home Health Care Services 12
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 18
Household Appliance Stores 4
Household Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturing 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 101
Interior Design Services 4
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 4
Investment Advice 13
Iron and Steel Mills 2
Janitorial Services 51
Jewelry Stores 19
Kidney Dialysis Centers 3
Land Subdivision 5
Landscape Architectural Services 6
Landscaping Services 92
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 17
Limited-Service Restaurants 188
Limousine Service 3
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 3
Locksmiths 6
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Luggage Manufacturing 1
Machine Shops 13
Mail-Order Houses 3
Manifold Business Forms Printing 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 8
Marketing Consulting Services 11
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 35
Mattress Manufacturing 2
Meat Markets 4
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Media Buying Agencies 1
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 17
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 2
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 3
Mobile Food Services 2
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 15
Motion Picture and Video Production 5
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 3
Motorcycle Dealers 4
Museums 3
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 3
Nail Salons 15
Natural Gas Distribution 2
New Car Dealers 11
New Housing Operative Builders 5
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 6
Nursing Care Facilities 6
Office Administrative Services 16
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 8
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 28
Offices of Chiropractors 51
Offices of Dentists 125
Offices of Lawyers 31
Offices of Optometrists 14
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Offices of Podiatrists 6
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 14
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Optical Goods Stores 13
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paging 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 5
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 69
Parking Lots and Garages 1
Passenger Car Rental 5
Payroll Services 2
Periodical Publishers 4
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 7
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 6
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 18
Photography Studios, Portrait 11
Political Organizations 1
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 5
Printing Ink Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 9
Professional Organizations 2
Public Relations Agencies 2
Quick Printing 5
Racetracks 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 4
Real Estate Credit 10
Real Estate Investment Trusts 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 3
Remediation Services 1
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 26
Residential Remodelers 41
Retail Bakeries 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 4
Roofing Contractors 13
Sales Financing 5
Savings Institutions 11
Secondary Market Financing 1
Securities Brokerage 9
Security Guards and Patrol Services 7
Septic Tank and Related Services 4
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 5
Shoe Stores 27
Siding Contractors 2
Sign Manufacturing 7
Site Preparation Contractors 39
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 26
Software Publishers 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sporting Goods Stores 12
Sports and Recreation Instruction 6
Sports Teams and Clubs 1
Tax Preparation Services 21
Telecommunications Resellers 2
Telemarketing Bureaus 6
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Help Services 16
Temporary Shelters 2
Testing Laboratories 2
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 29
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 22
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 8
Tobacco Stores 6
Tour Operators 2
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 9
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 15
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 9
Used Merchandise Stores 15
Vending Machine Operators 5
Veterinary Services 22
Video Tape and Disc Rental 13
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 4
Voluntary Health Organizations 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 5
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 3
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 24
Window Treatment Stores 4
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 7
Women's Clothing Stores 22
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

What About Buying an Existing Glendale Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Arizona. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Glendale.

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

Forming a Company in Glendale, Arizona

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

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 Arizona, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Arizona. As it turns out, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the basics of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Company Formation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Glendale, Arizona, our information on Incorporating in Arizona may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Arizona.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is essential 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 will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

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 Arizona.

Startup Financing Basics

Getting your Glendale business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Realistic Debt Financing Options.

For Glendale entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, we have assembled a List of Arizona Angel Investors and our List of Arizona Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

To rise above the crowd in Glendale and accelerate your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some great resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Sponsoring Local Events is a good read to get your marketing thoughts flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Moving Forward

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

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

We are here to help Glendale businesses to be successful. 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 Glendale, Arizona

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

  • Resources for Glendale, Arizona Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Glendale 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.



Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs

Buying a Business

Writing a Business Plan

Raising Money


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