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Starting a Business in Amboy, Illinois

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

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 How to Start an Institutional Food Business guide or our How to Start a Photofinishing Retail Business guide.

Don't forget that your new business will be in Amboy. If Amboy already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Only by spending some time analyzing Amboy demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Amboy, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

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 Amboy Businesses

As a new Amboy entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Amboy 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
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Business Associations
Car Washes
Cemeteries and Crematories
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Framing Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
General Automotive Repair
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Investment Advice
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Limited-Service Restaurants
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Real Estate Credit
Residential Remodelers
Site Preparation Contractors
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Veterinary Services
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Illinois.

Promoting Your New Venture

To rise above the crowd in Amboy and build your business, you need a solid marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Dealing with Angry Customers is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Building Up Your Sales

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

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Selling with Questions 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.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Amboy, Illinois, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Illinois educational institutions. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Amboy entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Never Give Up

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

We are here to help Amboy businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Amboy, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Amboy, Illinois

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