August 26, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Arizona Entrepreneurs  
  Yuma, Arizona Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Opening a Business in Yuma, Arizona

Contemplating starting a business in Yuma, Arizona? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Yuma.

Yuma, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 7170
5-9 Employees 3174
10-19 Employees 2244
20-49 Employees 1530
50-99 Employees 540
100-249 Employees 288
250-499 Employees 24
500-999 Employees 24
1000+ Employees 6
All Yuma Businesses 15000

As a new Yuma entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Yuma 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Ambulance Services 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 5
Armored Car Services 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 9
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 26
Automotive Transmission Repair 4
Baked Goods Stores 1
Barber Shops 4
Beauty Salons 25
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 6
Boat Dealers 3
Book Stores 4
Bottled Water Manufacturing 1
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 5
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Cafeterias 3
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 6
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 6
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 18
Civic and Social Organizations 10
Claims Adjusting 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 5
Collection Agencies 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 3
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 6
Computer Systems Design Services 7
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 3
Consumer Lending 4
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 7
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Couriers 5
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 7
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine 2
Curtain and Drapery Mills 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 2
Dance Companies 1
Dental Laboratories 2
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 4
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 8
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Discount Department Stores 3
Display Advertising 2
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 24
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 12
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 28
Elementary and Secondary Schools 6
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Engineering Services 23
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 9
Facilities Support Services 4
Family Clothing Stores 8
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders 2
Farm Management Services 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 17
Fine Arts Schools 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 7
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 6
Floor Covering Stores 6
Flooring Contractors 3
Florists 10
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 3
Food Service Contractors 4
Framing Contractors 7
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Full-Service Restaurants 74
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Stores 15
General Automotive Repair 35
General Freight Trucking, Local 7
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 6
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Graphic Design Services 1
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 3
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 5
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 4
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Homes for the Elderly 7
Household Appliance Stores 3
Ice Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 51
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investment Advice 4
Janitorial Services 21
Jewelry Stores 10
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 5
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 29
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 26
Limited-Service Restaurants 71
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 3
Locksmiths 6
Machine Shops 1
Mail-Order Houses 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 5
Marinas 2
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Masonry Contractors 14
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Markets 2
Medical Laboratories 4
Men's Clothing Stores 2
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 1
Metal Stamping 1
Mobile Food Services 3
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 3
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 4
Motorcycle Dealers 5
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 3
Nail Salons 4
Natural Gas Distribution 3
New Car Dealers 8
New Housing Operative Builders 5
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 4
Nursing Care Facilities 6
Office Administrative Services 10
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 3
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 13
Offices of Chiropractors 9
Offices of Dentists 29
Offices of Lawyers 49
Offices of Optometrists 4
Offices of Podiatrists 5
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 5
One-Hour Photofinishing 2
Optical Goods Stores 2
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 4
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 13
Parking Lots and Garages 1
Passenger Car Rental 4
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 3
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 3
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 5
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 8
Phosphatic Fertilizer Manufacturing 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 4
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 1
Private Mail Centers 2
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Quick Printing 1
Radio Networks 4
Radio Stations 3
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 8
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 8
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 3
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 6
Residential Remodelers 16
Retail Bakeries 2
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 13
Sales Financing 1
Satellite Telecommunications 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 4
Securities Brokerage 7
Security Guards and Patrol Services 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 3
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 2
Shoe Stores 9
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 15
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 15
Solid Waste Collection 5
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 10
Sports and Recreation Instruction 2
Tax Preparation Services 9
Taxi Service 4
Telemarketing Bureaus 2
Telephone Answering Services 2
Television Broadcasting 2
Temporary Help Services 6
Testing Laboratories 4
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 5
Tire Dealers 12
Tobacco Stores 2
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 1
Travel Agencies 1
Truss Manufacturing 2
Used Car Dealers 19
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 6
Used Merchandise Stores 3
Vending Machine Operators 4
Veterinary Services 7
Video Tape and Disc Rental 7
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 3
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 2
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 4
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 6
Window Treatment Stores 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 5
Women's Clothing Stores 11
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 4
Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing 1
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Yuma Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Arizona. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Yuma.

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

Naming the Company

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 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: Naming a Company.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Yuma, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Arizona business.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Raising money to fund your new Yuma 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.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.

For Yuma entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, browse our List of Arizona Angel Investors and our List of Arizona Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Startup

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

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Pricing is a good read to get your marketing thoughts flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Selling Tips

Being able to sell is a key enabler to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Yuma 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? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Sales Prospecting is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Moving Forward

You have a dream -- starting a business in Yuma. 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 Yuma and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Yuma, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Yuma, Arizona

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

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



Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs

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Raising Money


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