April 21, 2014  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Florida Entrepreneurs  
  Homestead, Florida Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Homestead, Florida

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Evaluating Your Idea.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Metropolitan Church guide or our Opening a Motion Picture Properties Business guide.

Remember that starting a business in Homestead has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Homestead than others. Make sure you fully understand Homestead demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Homestead, Florida Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 9060
5-9 Employees 2868
10-19 Employees 1602
20-49 Employees 1071
50-99 Employees 360
100-249 Employees 153
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 27
1000+ Employees 0
All Homestead Businesses 15141

As a new Homestead entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Homestead 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 1
Amusement Arcades 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 4
Architectural Services 3
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 3
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 15
Automotive Transmission Repair 2
Baked Goods Stores 2
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 13
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 5
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Boat Building 6
Boat Dealers 2
Book Stores 1
Books Printing 1
Building Inspection Services 4
Business Associations 5
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 5
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 4
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 58
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 6
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Systems Design Services 5
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Consumer Lending 1
Convenience Stores 16
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Couriers 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 2
Credit Unions 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 10
Dental Laboratories 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 2
Dimension Stone Mining and Quarrying 1
Display Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 10
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 8
Electrical Contractors 19
Elementary and Secondary Schools 7
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Engineering Services 4
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 7
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 10
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Management Services 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 6
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 16
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 4
Florists 5
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 4
Food Service Contractors 4
Framing Contractors 3
Freight Transportation Arrangement 5
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 3
Full-Service Restaurants 51
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 5
General Automotive Repair 14
General Freight Trucking, Local 11
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 4
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 5
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Grantmaking Foundations 2
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 7
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 2
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 6
Homes for the Elderly 3
Human Rights Organizations 2
Industrial Design Services 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 25
Interior Design Services 2
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Investigation Services 2
Investment Advice 4
Janitorial Services 5
Jewelry Stores 4
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 4
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 49
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 4
Limited-Service Restaurants 36
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Machine Shops 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 3
Marinas 2
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Masonry Contractors 11
Meat Markets 2
Media Representatives 1
Men's Clothing Stores 2
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Motion Picture and Video Production 2
Motor Vehicle Towing 3
Nail Salons 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
Navigational Services to Shipping 1
New Car Dealers 6
New Housing Operative Builders 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 3
Nuclear Electric Power Generation 1
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Office Administrative Services 3
Office Machinery Manufacturing 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 8
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 18
Offices of Lawyers 27
Offices of Optometrists 6
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 3
Open-End Investment Funds 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Optical Goods Stores 3
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 14
Parking Lots and Garages 1
Passenger Car Rental 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 4
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 8
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Port and Harbor Operations 1
Portfolio Management 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Professional Organizations 2
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 1
Racetracks 1
Radio Networks 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 3
Real Estate Credit 8
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 8
Residential Remodelers 6
Retail Bakeries 3
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 7
Sales Financing 1
Satellite Telecommunications 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Shellfish Fishing 1
Shoe Stores 10
Site Preparation Contractors 9
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 4
Solid Waste Collection 1
Special Needs Transportation 2
Sporting Goods Stores 9
Sports and Recreation Instruction 4
Tax Preparation Services 7
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 5
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 9
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 3
Tour Operators 1
Travel Agencies 4
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 11
Used Merchandise Stores 5
Veterinary Services 11
Video Tape and Disc Rental 6
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 10
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 4
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Should You Buy an Existing Homestead Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Florida. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Homestead.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Choosing a Company Name

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Homestead, it's very important that you make sure no other Florida company is using the business name you want to use.

Company Formation in Homestead, Florida

A critical step is ensuring that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. 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. Just because you are starting a business in Florida, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Florida. As it turns out, you are allowed to incorporate wherever you want. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Dissolving a Corporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Homestead, Florida, our information on Incorporating in Florida may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Florida.

Marketing Your New Company

To grow your Homestead business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your successs.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Six Tips for Getting Customer Testimonials is a good read to get your marketing creativity flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

The best entrepreneurs know that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Homestead, Florida, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Florida universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Homestead networking organizations.

Next Steps

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Homestead and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Homestead 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 Homestead, Florida

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

  • Resources for Homestead, Florida Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Homestead entrepreneurs.
  • Florida Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Florida.
  • Florida Small Business Development Center - The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN) is a statewide economic development partnership between higher education and other stakeholder organizations dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with the assistance needed to start, grow and succeed, contributing to the Florida economy.
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