October 21, 2014  
 
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Starting a Business in Winchester, Virginia

Thinking about starting a business in Winchester, Virginia? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Winchester.

Winchester, Virginia Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 51600
5-9 Employees 20544
10-19 Employees 15936
20-49 Employees 12288
50-99 Employees 3936
100-249 Employees 2688
250-499 Employees 672
500-999 Employees 144
1000+ Employees 144
All Winchester Businesses 107952

As a new Winchester entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Winchester 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 2
Ambulance Services 2
Amusement Arcades 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 5
Art Dealers 3
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 7
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 25
Automotive Transmission Repair 3
Baked Goods Stores 2
Beauty Salons 29
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 4
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 4
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 7
Bowling Centers 1
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 4
Cafeterias 3
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 6
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 5
Caterers 3
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 16
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 2
Civic and Social Organizations 12
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 2
Commercial Gravure Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 4
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 6
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 11
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 2
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Consumer Lending 5
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2
Convenience Stores 5
Couriers 5
Credit Unions 2
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 3
Custom Computer Programming Services 6
Dental Laboratories 4
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 4
Discount Department Stores 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Dry Pasta Manufacturing 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 6
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 17
Electronic Shopping 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 7
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 17
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 4
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 6
Family Clothing Stores 11
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 9
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 9
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 6
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 3
Flour Milling 1
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 4
Food Service Contractors 3
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Framing Contractors 3
Freight Transportation Arrangement 3
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 55
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 10
General Automotive Repair 26
General Freight Trucking, Local 8
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 2
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 11
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 3
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 3
Hardware Stores 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 5
Home Centers 3
Home Health Care Services 4
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Homes for the Elderly 7
Household Appliance Stores 8
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 2
Industrial Launderers 2
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 30
Interior Design Services 6
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 4
Investment Advice 5
Janitorial Services 16
Jewelry Stores 10
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 6
Landscape Architectural Services 2
Landscaping Services 28
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 63
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Locksmiths 1
Machine Shops 5
Mail-Order Houses 3
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marketing Consulting Services 4
Masonry Contractors 7
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Markets 1
Medical Laboratories 3
Men's Clothing Stores 2
Metal Can Manufacturing 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mobile Food Services 2
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 13
Motor Vehicle Towing 2
Motorcycle Dealers 5
Museums 3
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 3
Nail Salons 1
New Car Dealers 14
New Housing Operative Builders 6
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 3
Nonresidential Property Managers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Office Administrative Services 4
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 16
Offices of Chiropractors 12
Offices of Dentists 28
Offices of Lawyers 48
Offices of Optometrists 7
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 4
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 6
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Paging 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 15
Passenger Car Rental 2
Payroll Services 1
Periodical Publishers 5
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 5
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 8
Photography Studios, Portrait 7
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 1
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 2
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 2
Portfolio Management 2
Professional Employer Organizations 2
Professional Organizations 1
Quick Printing 4
Racetracks 1
Radio Stations 6
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 10
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 2
Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 28
Resilient Floor Covering Manufacturing 1
Retail Bakeries 2
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 2
Roofing Contractors 7
Savings Institutions 2
Securities Brokerage 8
Security Guards and Patrol Services 3
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 10
Siding Contractors 7
Site Preparation Contractors 7
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 10
Software Publishers 1
Solid Waste Collection 3
Sporting Goods Stores 14
Sports and Recreation Instruction 3
Steel Wire Drawing 1
Support Activities for Coal Mining 1
Tax Preparation Services 8
Taxi Service 3
Telecommunications Resellers 3
Temporary Help Services 18
Temporary Shelters 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Timber Tract Operations 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 9
Tire Retreading 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 8
Tobacco Stores 2
Tradebinding and Related Work 1
Travel Agencies 2
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Truss Manufacturing 2
Used Car Dealers 14
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 2
Used Merchandise Stores 9
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 11
Video Tape and Disc Rental 7
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 4
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 3
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 8
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 6
Women's Clothing Stores 11
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Wood Preservation 2
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Picking a Company Name

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Branding Advice.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Winchester, it's imperative that you check now that no other Virginia company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Winchester, Virginia

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The principal 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.

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. If you are starting a business in Virginia, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Virginia. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 ESOP Formation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Winchester, Virginia, our information on Incorporating in Virginia may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Virginia.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Having a business plan is critical to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Virginia.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Getting your Winchester business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as How Equity Dilution Works.

For Winchester entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, you'll want to take a look at our List of Virginia Angel Investors and our List of Virginia Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

To grow your Winchester business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. National TV Spot Advertising Rates discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Never Give Up

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Winchester and throughout the United States . 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.

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