August 23, 2019  
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Start a Business in Tempe, Arizona

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

Tempe, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 9568
5-9 Employees 3450
10-19 Employees 2760
20-49 Employees 2361
50-99 Employees 903
100-249 Employees 531
250-499 Employees 213
500-999 Employees 81
1000+ Employees 27
All Tempe Businesses 19894

As a new Tempe entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Tempe 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 10
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 2
Ambulance Services 2
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 3
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 42
Armored Car Services 1
Art Dealers 4
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 6
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 9
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 28
Automotive Transmission Repair 6
Baked Goods Stores 6
Barber Shops 3
Beauty Salons 49
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 12
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 7
Book Publishers 4
Book Stores 9
Books Printing 1
Bowling Centers 1
Breweries 1
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 2
Building Inspection Services 9
Business Associations 10
Business to Business Electronic Markets 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 3
Cafeterias 14
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 2
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 19
Carpet and Rug Mills 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 14
Caterers 12
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Charter Bus Industry 3
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 7
Child Day Care Services 31
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 4
Civic and Social Organizations 14
Claims Adjusting 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 4
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 9
Commercial Bakeries 6
Commercial Lithographic Printing 20
Commercial Photography 8
Commercial Screen Printing 13
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 18
Computer Facilities Management Services 3
Computer Storage Device Manufacturing 1
Computer Systems Design Services 51
Computer Training 6
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 2
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 8
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 19
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 6
Couriers 16
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 2
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Card Issuing 3
Credit Unions 12
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine 2
Curtain and Drapery Mills 2
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 66
Custom Roll Forming 1
Deep Sea Freight Transportation 1
Dental Laboratories 10
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 6
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 5
Digital Printing 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 8
Direct Mail Advertising 9
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 17
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 2
Display Advertising 4
Document Preparation Services 4
Drafting Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 29
Dry Pasta Manufacturing 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 8
Educational Support Services 7
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 62
Electron Tube Manufacturing 1
Electronic Auctions 1
Electronic Computer Manufacturing 1
Electronic Connector Manufacturing 2
Electronic Shopping 15
Elementary and Secondary Schools 20
Employment Placement Agencies 10
Engineering Services 121
Envelope Manufacturing 1
Environmental Consulting Services 15
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 20
Facilities Support Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 25
Family Planning Centers 2
Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders 1
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5
Fine Arts Schools 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 11
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 3
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 28
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 15
Flooring Contractors 11
Florists 8
Flour Milling 1
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 8
Food Service Contractors 35
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 2
Framing Contractors 9
Freight Transportation Arrangement 15
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 173
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 4
Furniture Stores 29
General Automotive Repair 53
General Freight Trucking, Local 12
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 6
General Warehousing and Storage 7
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 16
Glass and Glazing Contractors 5
Glass Container Manufacturing 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 5
Grantmaking Foundations 3
Graphic Design Services 22
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 2
Hardware Manufacturing 3
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 13
Hardware Stores 9
HMO Medical Centers 2
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 14
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 11
Home Health Care Services 8
Home Health Equipment Rental 4
Homes for the Elderly 11
Household Appliance Stores 5
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 4
Industrial Design Services 3
Industrial Launderers 3
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 4
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 129
Interior Design Services 15
International Trade Financing 1
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 4
Internet Service Providers 11
Investigation Services 4
Investment Advice 22
Janitorial Services 40
Jewelry Stores 17
Junior Colleges 2
Kidney Dialysis Centers 5
Land Subdivision 10
Landscape Architectural Services 16
Landscaping Services 59
Language Schools 3
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 9
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 205
Limousine Service 1
Linen Supply 2
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 6
Locksmiths 2
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Machine Shops 35
Mail-Order Houses 19
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Marketing Consulting Services 39
Masonry Contractors 18
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Markets 3
Media Buying Agencies 2
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 9
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 3
Men's Clothing Stores 7
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 1
Metal Stamping 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 3
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 32
Motion Picture and Video Production 7
Motor Vehicle Towing 3
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Museums 1
Musical Groups and Artists 5
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 5
Nail Salons 7
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 20
New Housing Operative Builders 23
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 24
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 25
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 22
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 14
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 79
Offices of Chiropractors 41
Offices of Dentists 94
Offices of Lawyers 125
Offices of Optometrists 9
Offices of Other Holding Companies 9
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 28
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 5
Optical Goods Stores 9
Outerwear Knitting Mills 1
Packaging and Labeling Services 2
Packing and Crating 1
Paging 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 3
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 20
Paper Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1
Parking Lots and Garages 4
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Passenger Car Rental 6
Payroll Services 7
Periodical Publishers 7
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 6
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 5
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 15
Photography Studios, Portrait 8
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 2
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 1
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 3
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Prepress Services 4
Printing Ink Manufacturing 2
Private Mail Centers 13
Professional Employer Organizations 10
Professional Organizations 7
Public Relations Agencies 6
Quick Printing 11
Radio Stations 2
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 3
Real Estate Credit 62
Real Estate Investment Trusts 5
Recreational Goods Rental 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Remediation Services 3
Repossession Services 2
Residential Property Managers 28
Residential Remodelers 19
Retail Bakeries 4
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 8
Roofing Contractors 7
Sales Financing 17
Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing 1
Satellite Telecommunications 3
Savings Institutions 2
Scheduled Freight Air Transportation 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 1
Secondary Market Financing 1
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 1
Securities Brokerage 19
Security Guards and Patrol Services 13
Semiconductor Machinery Manufacturing 6
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 4
Shoe Stores 28
Sign Manufacturing 6
Site Preparation Contractors 15
Small Arms Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 35
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 16
Software Reproducing 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sound Recording Studios 1
Specialty Canning 1
Sporting Goods Stores 26
Sports and Recreation Instruction 16
Sports Teams and Clubs 1
Spring (Light Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Steel Foundries (except Investment) 1
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 21
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 3
Telemarketing Bureaus 13
Telephone Answering Services 1
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Television Broadcasting 1
Temporary Help Services 67
Testing Laboratories 14
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 12
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 3
Tire Dealers 12
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 6
Tobacco Stores 1
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 1
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 2
Tradebinding and Related Work 3
Travel Agencies 16
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 12
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 6
Used Merchandise Stores 10
Vending Machine Operators 7
Veterinary Services 17
Video Tape and Disc Rental 12
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 4
Voluntary Health Organizations 4
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 4
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Web Search Portals 3
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 81
Window Treatment Stores 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 27
Women's Clothing Stores 19
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 2

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

Visit the business district of Tempe and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. So, it probably makes sense for you to consider franchising too.

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as The Disadvantages of Franchise Ownership. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Owens Corning and Barmetrix Canada. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Apparel Franchises and Healthcare Franchises.

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

Naming the Company

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Tempe, it's very important that you make sure you will be the only Arizona company using the business name you have chosen.

Forming a Company in Tempe, Arizona

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The biggest advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating 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. If you are starting a business in Arizona, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Arizona. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

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 Subchapter S Corporations. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Tempe, Arizona, our information on Incorporating in Arizona may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Arizona.

The Role of the Business Plan

Having a business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

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

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Tempe business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. 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 Bank Credit Lines.

For Tempe entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, we have assembled a List of Arizona Angel Investors and our List of Arizona Venture Capital Firms.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

Good business owners recognize that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Tempe, Arizona, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Arizona educational institutions. We also suggest you look into Tempe networking organizations.

Some Interesting Tempe Entrepreneurs

Here, we'll keep a running list of interviews we've had with Tempe entrepreneurs.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Tempe. 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 Tempe businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Tempe, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Tempe, Arizona

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

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