August 26, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Arizona Entrepreneurs  
  San Luis, Arizona Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Opening a Business in San Luis, Arizona

Contemplating starting a business in San Luis, Arizona? We walk you through the process of opening a business in San Luis.

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before you get too far along in the process, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in San Luis. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Good Business Ideas.

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 Starting a Grinding Services Business guide or our Opening a Used Lawn Mowers Business guide.

Remember that your new startup will be located in San Luis. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in San Luis. Study San Luis demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

San Luis, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 526
5-9 Employees 222
10-19 Employees 192
20-49 Employees 66
50-99 Employees 30
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All San Luis Businesses 1036

As a new San Luis entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in San Luis 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Caterers 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Convenience Stores 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Electrical Contractors 6
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Family Clothing Stores 2
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 4
Full-Service Restaurants 4
Furniture Stores 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
Hardware Stores 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Jewelry Stores 2
Land Subdivision 2
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 4
Masonry Contractors 3
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Roofing Contractors 1
Shoe Stores 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Tax Preparation Services 2
Taxi Service 1
Television Broadcasting 1
Used Car Dealers 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Women's Clothing Stores 2
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Forming a Company in San Luis, Arizona

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

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Arizona, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Arizona. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. 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 are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Avoiding Personal Liability in Business. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in San Luis, 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

A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Arizona.

The Art of Selling

Being able to sell is a key enabler to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in San Luis or are selling to customers throughout Arizona, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Anticipating Prospect Responses is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Next Steps

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

We are here to help San Luis 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 San Luis, Arizona

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

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