January 19, 2021  
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Starting a Business in Arcadia, Wisconsin

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Free Business Ideas.

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 Airplane Pilot Business guide or our Starting a Lacquer Business guide.

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

Arcadia, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2112
5-9 Employees 682
10-19 Employees 396
20-49 Employees 396
50-99 Employees 198
100-249 Employees 33
250-499 Employees 33
500-999 Employees 33
1000+ Employees 33
All Arcadia Businesses 3916

As a new Arcadia entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Arcadia 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 1
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Business Associations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Credit Unions 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 7
Electric Power Distribution 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 3
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 2
Home Health Care Services 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Janitorial Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 2
Meat Markets 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Motorcycle Dealers 1
New Car Dealers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Poultry Processing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Retail Bakeries 1
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Veterinary Services 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Naming the Business

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.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Arcadia, it's critical that you ensure that no other Wisconsin company is using the business name you want to use.

The Role of the Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Presentations. You should also take advantage of free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Arcadia business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. 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 Business Credit Evaluation.

For Arcadia entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Wisconsin Angel Investors and our List of Wisconsin Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Arcadia 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. Making the Most of Trade Shows is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Now It's Up To You

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

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

We are here to help Arcadia businesses to be successful. 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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