August 25, 2014  
 
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Start a Business in Tucson, Arizona

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

What Business Are You Starting?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Good Business Ideas.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Mailing Machines & Equipment Wholesales & Manufacturers Business guide or our Starting a Used Refrigerators & Freezers Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Tucson. If Tucson already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Don't forget to review Tucson demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Tucson, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 30062
5-9 Employees 11200
10-19 Employees 8124
20-49 Employees 5580
50-99 Employees 1863
100-249 Employees 999
250-499 Employees 228
500-999 Employees 84
1000+ Employees 36
All Tucson Businesses 58176

As a new Tucson entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Tucson 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
Abrasive Product Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 45
Air Traffic Control 2
Ambulance Services 8
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 3
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 17
Apprenticeship Training 5
Architectural Services 113
Armored Car Services 2
Art Dealers 30
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 3
Automatic Vending Machine Manufacturing 1
Automobile Driving Schools 3
Automobile Manufacturing 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 10
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 40
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 124
Automotive Transmission Repair 25
Baked Goods Stores 11
Barber Shops 11
Beauty Salons 226
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 7
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 23
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 4
Blood and Organ Banks 4
Boat Dealers 3
Book Publishers 13
Book Stores 34
Bowling Centers 8
Breweries 2
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 20
Burial Casket Manufacturing 1
Business Associations 23
Cable and Other Program Distribution 4
Cafeterias 18
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 5
Canvas and Related Product Mills 3
Car Washes 44
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 46
Casinos (except Casino Hotels) 1
Caterers 23
Cement Manufacturing 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 5
Charter Bus Industry 3
Child and Youth Services 30
Child Day Care Services 168
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 18
Civic and Social Organizations 72
Claims Adjusting 11
Clothing Accessories Stores 26
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 24
Collection Agencies 21
Commercial Bakeries 5
Commercial Flexographic Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 37
Commercial Photography 7
Commercial Screen Printing 11
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 2
Community Food Services 7
Computer and Software Stores 38
Computer Facilities Management Services 3
Computer Storage Device Manufacturing 1
Computer Systems Design Services 80
Computer Training 3
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 2
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 8
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 3
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 4
Consumer Lending 23
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 30
Convenience Stores 49
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 13
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Copper Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 6
Couriers 25
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 15
Credit Bureaus 3
Credit Unions 47
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 87
Dance Companies 2
Dental Laboratories 30
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 19
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 5
Digital Printing 4
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 20
Direct Mail Advertising 6
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 24
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 7
Discount Department Stores 13
Display Advertising 7
Document Preparation Services 19
Drafting Services 14
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 116
Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 82
Educational Support Services 21
Electrical Contractors 180
Electron Tube Manufacturing 1
Electronic Capacitor Manufacturing 1
Electronic Computer Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 13
Elementary and Secondary Schools 91
Emergency and Other Relief Services 5
Employment Placement Agencies 12
Engineering Services 198
Environmental Consulting Services 29
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 12
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 67
Facilities Support Services 7
Family Clothing Stores 75
Family Planning Centers 5
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5
Fine Arts Schools 35
Finish Carpentry Contractors 55
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 94
Flat Glass Manufacturing 1
Flight Training 9
Floor Covering Stores 37
Flooring Contractors 44
Florists 35
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 18
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 54
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 3
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 3
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 9
Framing Contractors 45
Freight Transportation Arrangement 26
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 3
Full-Service Restaurants 530
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 21
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 8
Furniture Stores 79
General Automotive Repair 255
General Freight Trucking, Local 33
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8
General Rental Centers 12
General Warehousing and Storage 12
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 98
Glass and Glazing Contractors 13
Gold Ore Mining 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 13
Grantmaking Foundations 25
Graphic Design Services 35
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 20
Hardware Stores 31
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Historical Sites 1
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 33
Home Centers 13
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 16
Home Health Care Services 48
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 111
Household Appliance Stores 22
Human Rights Organizations 6
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 4
Industrial Design Services 4
Industrial Launderers 7
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 6
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Industrial Sand Mining 1
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 2
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 408
Interior Design Services 35
International Trade Financing 1
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 6
Internet Service Providers 13
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 2
Investigation Services 20
Investment Advice 66
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 183
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 5
Jewelry Stores 90
Junior Colleges 5
Kidney Dialysis Centers 6
Land Subdivision 39
Landscape Architectural Services 30
Landscaping Services 225
Language Schools 2
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 61
Limited-Service Restaurants 560
Limousine Service 6
Linen Supply 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 14
Locksmiths 19
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 4
Luggage Manufacturing 2
Machine Shops 50
Mail-Order Houses 34
Manifold Business Forms Printing 3
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 30
Marinas 2
Marketing Consulting Services 53
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 71
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Mattress Manufacturing 2
Meat Markets 10
Meat Processed from Carcasses 2
Media Buying Agencies 2
Media Representatives 4
Medical Laboratories 35
Men's Clothing Stores 14
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 1
Metal Stamping 3
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 4
Miscellaneous Intermediation 22
Mixed Mode Transit Systems 1
Mobile Food Services 6
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 64
Motion Picture and Video Production 12
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 17
Motorcycle Dealers 25
Museums 11
Music Publishers 1
Musical Groups and Artists 10
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 18
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 18
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 55
New Housing Operative Builders 48
News Dealers and Newsstands 2
News Syndicates 1
Newspaper Publishers 13
Nonclay Refractory Manufacturing 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 46
Nuclear Electric Power Generation 1
Nursing Care Facilities 26
Office Administrative Services 103
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 21
Office Machinery Manufacturing 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 22
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 176
Offices of Chiropractors 110
Offices of Dentists 318
Offices of Lawyers 555
Offices of Optometrists 38
Offices of Other Holding Companies 8
Offices of Podiatrists 21
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 64
One-Hour Photofinishing 4
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 2
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 48
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 5
Packaging and Labeling Services 2
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 5
Paging 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 5
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 14
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 144
Parking Lots and Garages 15
Passenger Car Leasing 4
Passenger Car Rental 34
Payroll Services 11
Periodical Publishers 24
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 23
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 34
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 6
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 71
Photography Studios, Portrait 37
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 1
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 1
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 5
Plate Work Manufacturing 4
Political Organizations 4
Portfolio Management 36
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 4
Prepress Services 5
Primary Smelting and Refining of Copper 1
Private Mail Centers 23
Professional Employer Organizations 14
Professional Organizations 14
Public Relations Agencies 9
Quick Printing 20
Racetracks 3
Radio Networks 4
Radio Stations 19
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 9
Real Estate Credit 85
Real Estate Investment Trusts 5
Recreational Goods Rental 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 15
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Reinsurance Carriers 2
Remediation Services 5
Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing 1
Repossession Services 3
Residential Property Managers 102
Residential Remodelers 123
Resilient Floor Covering Manufacturing 1
Retail Bakeries 10
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 12
Roofing Contractors 56
Rooming and Boarding Houses 12
Rope, Cordage, and Twine Mills 1
Sales Financing 19
Savings Institutions 17
Scheduled Freight Air Transportation 3
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 12
School and Employee Bus Transportation 2
Securities Brokerage 73
Security Guards and Patrol Services 33
Semiconductor Machinery Manufacturing 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 6
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 15
Shoe Stores 68
Siding Contractors 4
Sign Manufacturing 18
Silverware and Hollowware Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 58
Small Arms Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 123
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Soft Drink Manufacturing 4
Software Publishers 32
Software Reproducing 1
Solid Waste Collection 9
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sound Recording Studios 5
Special Needs Transportation 3
Specialty Canning 2
Sporting Goods Stores 68
Sports and Recreation Instruction 43
Sports Teams and Clubs 1
Steel Wire Drawing 1
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Support Activities for Coal Mining 1
Support Activities for Metal Mining 3
Tax Preparation Services 88
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 3
Telemarketing Bureaus 17
Telephone Answering Services 5
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 3
Television Broadcasting 9
Temporary Help Services 75
Temporary Shelters 27
Testing Laboratories 23
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 12
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 60
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 63
Tire Retreading 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 3
Tobacco Stores 15
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2
Tortilla Manufacturing 4
Tour Operators 4
Tradebinding and Related Work 4
Translation and Interpretation Services 10
Travel Agencies 34
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 54
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 34
Used Merchandise Stores 62
Vending Machine Operators 12
Veterinary Services 87
Video Tape and Disc Rental 49
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 35
Voluntary Health Organizations 21
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 7
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 10
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 75
Window Treatment Stores 8
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 51
Women's Clothing Stores 85
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 3
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 7
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 3

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Tucson Business?

We've created a handy 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 Tucson.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

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

Startup Financing Basics

Raising money to fund your new Tucson business is a difficult chore. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Bank Credit Lines.

For Tucson 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.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Tucson business, you need a solid marketing plan.

We have some excellent resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Marketing Research is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Building Up Your Sales

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

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Selling Stuff on the Web is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Interviews With Tucson Entrepreneurs

We're compiling a number of interviews with Tucson entrepreneurs. Enjoy!

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Tucson. 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.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Tucson and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Tucson, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Tucson, Arizona

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

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