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Opening a Business in Ada, Ohio

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

Are You Ready for Life as an Owner?

An entrepreneurial life is difficult, much harder than working as an employee. Are you certain you are ready to take on this challenge?

To determine whether you have what it takes to run a business, we recommend these three steps to help you decide:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Ada. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. We recommend that you read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Karaoke Machine Sales, Service, & Rental Business guide or our Starting a Covenant Church guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Ada. Some businesses will do better in Ada than others. Don't forget to review Ada demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Ada, Ohio Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Ada Businesses

As a new Ada entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Ada 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
Ambulance Services
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Book Stores
Bowling Centers
Cable and Other Program Distribution
Civic and Social Organizations
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Family Clothing Stores
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Floor Covering Stores
Food Service Contractors
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Hardware Stores
Home Health Care Services
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Janitorial Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Mail-Order Houses
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Optical Goods Stores
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Roofing Contractors
Rooming and Boarding Houses
Site Preparation Contractors
Sports and Recreation Instruction
Veterinary Services
Window Treatment Stores
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing

Should You Franchise?

Visit the business district of Ada and you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Franchise Versus Business Opportunity. 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 Super Kick International, Inc. and Guidant Financial Group. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Environmental Testing Franchises and IT Franchises.

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

Marketing Your New Venture

To rise above the crowd in Ada and grow your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some great resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Billboard Advertising Best Practices is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Ada business, you need to focus on sales.

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Writing Great Proposals is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Never Give Up

As an entrepreneur in Ada, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Ada, Ohio

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

  • Resources for Ada, Ohio Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Ada entrepreneurs.
  • Ohio Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Ohio.
  • Ohio Small Business Development Center - Whether you're starting your business, expanding your business, or just looking to stay in business, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDCs of Ohio) can help with professional guidance by connecting you with research, financing sources, and training opportunities.

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