May 22, 2018  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for California Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Modesto, California

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

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

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Modesto. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • You should read Starting a Company. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Talk it over with a close friend or partner. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Modesto, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 15724
5-9 Employees 6162
10-19 Employees 4704
20-49 Employees 3520
50-99 Employees 1320
100-249 Employees 528
250-499 Employees 126
500-999 Employees 48
1000+ Employees 18
All Modesto Businesses 32150

As a new Modesto entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Modesto 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 9
Air Traffic Control 1
Aluminum Extruded Product Manufacturing 1
Ambulance Services 3
Amusement Arcades 4
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 3
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 6
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 13
Armored Car Services 1
Art Dealers 1
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automobile Driving Schools 3
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 6
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 10
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 39
Automotive Transmission Repair 14
Baked Goods Stores 5
Barber Shops 2
Beauty Salons 52
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 4
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 23
Boat Dealers 2
Book Publishers 4
Book Stores 8
Bowling Centers 2
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 5
Business Associations 8
Cable and Other Program Distribution 3
Cafeterias 6
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 2
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 16
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 9
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 3
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 14
Child Day Care Services 50
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 6
Civic and Social Organizations 18
Claims Adjusting 6
Clothing Accessories Stores 5
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 9
Collection Agencies 4
Commercial Lithographic Printing 8
Commercial Photography 3
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Community Food Services 3
Computer and Software Stores 8
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 2
Computer Training 3
Confectionery and Nut Stores 5
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 4
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 12
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 11
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 4
Couriers 3
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 5
Credit Unions 9
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine 1
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 16
Custom Roll Forming 1
Dance Companies 1
Dental Laboratories 7
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 10
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 3
Digital Printing 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 4
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 12
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 5
Display Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 3
Drafting Services 4
Dried and Dehydrated Food Manufacturing 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 18
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 19
Educational Support Services 3
Electrical Contractors 51
Electronic Shopping 7
Elementary and Secondary Schools 8
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 3
Engineering Services 39
Environmental Consulting Services 7
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 4
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 11
Family Clothing Stores 23
Family Planning Centers 2
Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders 1
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 11
Fats and Oils Refining and Blending 1
Fine Arts Schools 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 32
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 26
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 16
Flooring Contractors 13
Florists 13
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 7
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 2
Food Service Contractors 7
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 2
Framing Contractors 8
Freight Transportation Arrangement 3
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 5
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 3
Full-Service Restaurants 153
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 5
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 3
Furniture Stores 27
General Automotive Repair 88
General Freight Trucking, Local 26
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 4
General Warehousing and Storage 12
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 24
Glass and Glazing Contractors 4
Glass Container Manufacturing 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 3
Grantmaking Foundations 5
Graphic Design Services 10
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 4
Hardware Stores 9
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 8
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 4
Home Health Care Services 18
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 22
Household Appliance Stores 5
Human Rights Organizations 1
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 2
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 2
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 91
Interior Design Services 8
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Internet Service Providers 2
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Investigation Services 3
Investment Advice 11
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 40
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 30
Junior Colleges 2
Kidney Dialysis Centers 4
Land Subdivision 7
Landscape Architectural Services 2
Landscaping Services 50
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 10
Limited-Service Restaurants 180
Limousine Service 3
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 6
Locksmiths 5
Machine Shops 11
Mail-Order Houses 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Masonry Contractors 15
Materials Recovery Facilities 3
Meat Markets 4
Medical Laboratories 6
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 8
Metal Can Manufacturing 3
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 2
Miscellaneous Intermediation 2
Mobile Food Services 5
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 35
Motion Picture and Video Production 5
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 2
Motor Vehicle Towing 8
Motorcycle Dealers 8
Museums 1
Musical Groups and Artists 2
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 6
Nail Salons 10
New Car Dealers 25
New Housing Operative Builders 8
Newspaper Publishers 3
Nonresidential Property Managers 8
Nursing Care Facilities 12
Office Administrative Services 16
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 4
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 9
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 47
Offices of Chiropractors 53
Offices of Dentists 136
Offices of Lawyers 148
Offices of Optometrists 18
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Offices of Podiatrists 5
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 24
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 8
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 9
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 26
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Passenger Car Rental 9
Payroll Services 3
Periodical Publishers 2
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 5
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 5
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 6
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 32
Photography Studios, Portrait 12
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 2
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 10
Poultry Processing 2
Private Mail Centers 11
Professional Employer Organizations 3
Professional Organizations 5
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 7
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 11
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 3
Real Estate Credit 45
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Remediation Services 1
Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing 1
Repossession Services 3
Residential Property Managers 20
Residential Remodelers 32
Retail Bakeries 5
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 5
Roofing Contractors 23
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 11
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 2
Secondary Market Financing 1
Securities Brokerage 22
Security Guards and Patrol Services 11
Septic Tank and Related Services 4
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 28
Siding Contractors 4
Sign Manufacturing 8
Site Preparation Contractors 6
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 51
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 2
Solid Waste Collection 8
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Specialty Canning 1
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 21
Sports and Recreation Instruction 6
Sports Teams and Clubs 2
Tax Preparation Services 22
Telemarketing Bureaus 2
Telephone Answering Services 3
Television Broadcasting 2
Temporary Help Services 26
Temporary Shelters 6
Testing Laboratories 8
Textile Bag Mills 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 12
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 23
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 9
Tobacco Stores 8
Translation and Interpretation Services 3
Travel Agencies 7
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 31
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 8
Used Merchandise Stores 15
Vending Machine Operators 3
Veterinary Services 15
Video Tape and Disc Rental 22
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 12
Voluntary Health Organizations 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 19
Window Treatment Stores 2
Wineries 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 15
Women's Clothing Stores 21
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 2
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Modesto, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to 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.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Tech Hero and Kids 'N' Clay. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Soccer Franchises and Bakery Franchises.

Note on Modesto Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Modesto, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Naming the Company

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.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

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

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, 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 Reasons to Write a Business Plan. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in California.

Letting the World Know You Exist

Whether your goal is to attract Modesto customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your succeeding.

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

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Modesto, California, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby California universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Modesto entrepreneurs.

Next Steps

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Modesto 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.

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