November 22, 2014  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Georgia Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Savannah, Georgia

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Most new businesses fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the tenacity and/or the skills to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

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:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Savannah. 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.

Savannah, Georgia Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 37536
5-9 Employees 16304
10-19 Employees 10668
20-49 Employees 8700
50-99 Employees 2400
100-249 Employees 1560
250-499 Employees 312
500-999 Employees 96
1000+ Employees 48
All Savannah Businesses 77624

As a new Savannah entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Savannah 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 13
Aircraft Manufacturing 1
Ambulance Services 3
Amusement and Theme Parks 2
Amusement Arcades 6
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 8
Apprenticeship Training 2
Architectural Services 26
Armored Car Services 3
Art Dealers 13
Automobile Driving Schools 2
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 3
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 6
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 29
Automotive Transmission Repair 2
Baked Goods Stores 5
Barber Shops 3
Beauty Salons 63
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 16
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 35
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 15
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 14
Bowling Centers 2
Building Inspection Services 4
Business Associations 8
Cable and Other Program Distribution 3
Cafeterias 9
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 5
Cane Sugar Refining 2
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 5
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 8
Casinos (except Casino Hotels) 1
Caterers 15
Cemeteries and Crematories 8
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 6
Child Day Care Services 79
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 15
Civic and Social Organizations 32
Claims Adjusting 14
Clothing Accessories Stores 7
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 7
Collection Agencies 8
Commercial Bakeries 3
Commercial Lithographic Printing 6
Commercial Photography 4
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 7
Computer Facilities Management Services 2
Computer Systems Design Services 16
Computer Training 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 1
Consumer Lending 26
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 6
Convenience Stores 26
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 4
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 2
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 1
Couriers 9
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 4
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 17
Curtain and Drapery Mills 3
Custom Computer Programming Services 24
Custom Roll Forming 1
Deep Sea Freight Transportation 5
Dental Laboratories 7
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 6
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 3
Digital Printing 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 16
Direct Mail Advertising 2
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 3
Discount Department Stores 4
Display Advertising 3
Document Preparation Services 1
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 39
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 10
Educational Support Services 6
Electric Power Distribution 8
Electrical Contractors 54
Electronic Auctions 1
Electronic Shopping 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 18
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Employment Placement Agencies 3
Engineering Services 55
Environmental Consulting Services 12
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 18
Facilities Support Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 36
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3
Fats and Oils Refining and Blending 1
Fine Arts Schools 6
Finish Carpentry Contractors 23
Fish and Seafood Markets 10
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 3
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 29
Flight Training 2
Floor Covering Stores 16
Flooring Contractors 12
Florists 23
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 7
Food Service Contractors 12
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 2
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 2
Framing Contractors 11
Freight Transportation Arrangement 61
Full-Service Restaurants 238
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 10
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 4
Furniture Stores 29
General Automotive Repair 60
General Freight Trucking, Local 20
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4
General Rental Centers 8
General Warehousing and Storage 23
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 47
Glass and Glazing Contractors 3
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 9
Grantmaking Foundations 9
Graphic Design Services 4
Greeting Card Publishers 1
Gum and Wood Chemical Manufacturing 1
Gypsum Product Manufacturing 3
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 9
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Historical Sites 5
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 11
Home Centers 4
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 4
Home Health Care Services 19
Home Health Equipment Rental 6
Homes for the Elderly 5
Household Appliance Stores 6
Human Rights Organizations 3
Hunting and Trapping 1
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 4
Industrial Design Services 1
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 4
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Inland Water Freight Transportation 1
Inorganic Dye and Pigment Manufacturing 3
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 111
Interior Design Services 11
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Internet Service Providers 4
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 12
Janitorial Services 47
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 34
Kidney Dialysis Centers 5
Land Subdivision 12
Landscape Architectural Services 3
Landscaping Services 59
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 18
Libraries and Archives 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 202
Limousine Service 2
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 5
Locksmiths 3
Logging 1
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Machine Shops 7
Mail-Order Houses 7
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 3
Marinas 11
Marine Cargo Handling 12
Marketing Consulting Services 10
Masonry Contractors 14
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Markets 3
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 3
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 18
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 7
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 11
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 9
Motorcycle Dealers 8
Museums 6
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 7
Nail Salons 3
Natural Gas Distribution 3
Navigational Services to Shipping 4
New Car Dealers 22
New Housing Operative Builders 14
Newspaper Publishers 6
Nonresidential Property Managers 8
Nursing Care Facilities 10
Office Administrative Services 23
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 7
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 12
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 50
Offices of Chiropractors 24
Offices of Dentists 89
Offices of Lawyers 162
Offices of Optometrists 15
Offices of Other Holding Companies 7
Offices of Podiatrists 7
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 21
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 15
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 4
Packing and Crating 3
Paging 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 10
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 19
Paper Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1
Paperboard Mills 1
Parking Lots and Garages 4
Passenger Car Rental 16
Payroll Services 2
Periodical Publishers 6
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 6
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 4
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 5
Petroleum Refineries 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 34
Photography Studios, Portrait 11
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 5
Port and Harbor Operations 4
Portfolio Management 11
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Prepress Services 2
Private Mail Centers 4
Professional Employer Organizations 5
Professional Organizations 4
Public Relations Agencies 1
Pulp Mills 1
Quick Printing 7
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 11
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 29
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Remediation Services 4
Residential Property Managers 12
Residential Remodelers 45
Retail Bakeries 3
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 9
Roofing Contractors 9
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Sales Financing 6
Savings Institutions 2
Saw Blade and Handsaw Manufacturing 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 8
School and Employee Bus Transportation 3
Securities Brokerage 21
Security Guards and Patrol Services 10
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 2
Ship Building and Repairing 2
Shoe Stores 36
Siding Contractors 6
Sign Manufacturing 5
Site Preparation Contractors 18
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 26
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 1
Solid Waste Collection 4
Solid Waste Landfill 2
Special Needs Transportation 4
Sporting Goods Stores 24
Sports and Recreation Instruction 4
Sports Teams and Clubs 1
Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply 1
Support Activities for Forestry 2
Tax Preparation Services 17
Taxi Service 3
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 3
Telephone Answering Services 6
Television Broadcasting 5
Temporary Help Services 34
Temporary Shelters 7
Testing Laboratories 7
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 2
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 22
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 7
Tobacco Stores 1
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 3
Tour Operators 9
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 13
Truck Trailer Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 29
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 12
Used Merchandise Stores 27
Veterinary Services 16
Video Tape and Disc Rental 14
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 5
Voluntary Health Organizations 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 2
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 4
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 37
Window Treatment Stores 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 16
Women's Clothing Stores 44
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Wood Preservation 3
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Savannah Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Georgia. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Savannah.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Naming the Business

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.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Business.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Savannah, it's imperative that you check now that no Georgia company has already registered the company name you have selected.

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Free Business Plan Templates. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Georgia.

Marketing Your New Business

To grow your Savannah business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Working with an Advertising Agency discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Next Steps

Most new Savannah businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Savannah 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 Savannah, Georgia

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

 

 

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