November 15, 2018  
 
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  Safford, Arizona Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Safford, Arizona

Are you starting a business in Safford, Arizona? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Safford.

Safford, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 507
5-9 Employees 291
10-19 Employees 147
20-49 Employees 120
50-99 Employees 9
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Safford Businesses 1089

As a new Safford entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Safford 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
Aircraft Manufacturing 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Beauty Salons 2
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Book Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 2
Child Day Care Services 4
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Cotton Ginning 3
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 4
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Fine Arts Schools 2
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 2
Food Service Contractors 4
Framing Contractors 2
Full-Service Restaurants 12
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 4
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 3
Hardware Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Homes for the Elderly 2
Household Appliance Stores 1
Ice Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 11
Internet Service Providers 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 3
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 4
Limited-Service Restaurants 10
Mail-Order Houses 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Mobile Food Services 1
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 2
Museums 1
New Car Dealers 5
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 3
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 12
Offices of Lawyers 4
Offices of Optometrists 4
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Paging 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Radio Stations 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Shoe Stores 2
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Temporary Shelters 1
Tire Dealers 1
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 4

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Safford Business?

We've created a helpful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Arizona. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Safford.

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

Company Formation in Safford, Arizona

A critical step is ensuring 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 corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Arizona, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Arizona. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

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 Incorporating Online. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Safford, Arizona, our information on Incorporating in Arizona may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Arizona.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Safford business is not an easy task. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

On the bright side, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

For Safford entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, you'll want to take a look at our List of Arizona Angel Investors and our List of Arizona Venture Capital Firms.

Letting the World Know You Exist

Whether your goal is to attract Safford customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Advertising on the Web 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.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Successful entrepreneurs know that they don't know everything.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Safford, Arizona, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Arizona universities, colleges and community colleges. We also recommend you look into networking groups or organizations in which Safford entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Safford. 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 Safford and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Safford, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Safford, Arizona

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

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

Buying a Business

Writing a Business Plan

Raising Money

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Customer Service Tips

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