November 15, 2018  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Arizona Entrepreneurs  
  Winslow, Arizona Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Winslow, Arizona

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Most new ventures fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Winslow. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Winslow, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 1674
5-9 Employees 1080
10-19 Employees 468
20-49 Employees 252
50-99 Employees 108
100-249 Employees 72
250-499 Employees 18
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Winslow Businesses 3672

As a new Winslow entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Winslow 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
Ambulance Services 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Car Washes 2
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Computer and Software Stores 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 1
Convenience Stores 1
Credit Unions 2
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Food Service Contractors 2
Full-Service Restaurants 12
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Home Centers 1
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Homes for the Elderly 2
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Janitorial Services 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 12
Museums 1
New Car Dealers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2
Radio Stations 1
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 3
Special Needs Transportation 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Taxi Service 1
Tire Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Should You Franchise?

Examine a list of Winslow businesses and it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising Mistakes. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include SIGN*A*RAMA and Jet City Pizza. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Tanning Franchises and Healthcare Services Franchises.

Note on Winslow Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Winslow.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Winslow Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Arizona. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Winslow.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Buying a Business.

Choosing a Business Name

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.

Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Branding Advice.

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

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Creating a business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Arizona.

Promoting Your New Company

To grow your Winslow business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your succeeding.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Examples of Marketing Strategies 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 taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Next Steps

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Winslow and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Winslow, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Winslow, Arizona

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

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