August 11, 2020  
 
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Start a Business in Ashland, Ohio

Are you starting a business in Ashland, Ohio? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Ashland.

Ashland, Ohio Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 18258
5-9 Employees 7650
10-19 Employees 6018
20-49 Employees 4233
50-99 Employees 1479
100-249 Employees 816
250-499 Employees 51
500-999 Employees 255
1000+ Employees 0
All Ashland Businesses 38760

As a new Ashland entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Ashland 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 1
Ambulance Services 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Baked Goods Stores 1
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 11
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 2
Bowling Centers 2
Business Associations 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child Day Care Services 4
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 8
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 3
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Consumer Lending 2
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 4
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 1
Couriers 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 2
Credit Unions 1
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Dance Companies 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 2
Discount Department Stores 1
Display Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 7
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Engineering Services 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Planning Centers 1
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 1
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 4
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Florists 4
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 2
Framing Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Full-Service Restaurants 15
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 4
General Automotive Repair 11
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 4
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 3
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 5
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 18
Investigation Services 1
Janitorial Services 5
Jewelry Stores 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 9
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 24
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Machine Shops 7
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 4
Meat Markets 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Museums 1
Musical Groups and Artists 2
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 5
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 5
Offices of Chiropractors 9
Offices of Dentists 16
Offices of Lawyers 14
Offices of Optometrists 4
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Payroll Services 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 1
Prepress Services 2
Private Mail Centers 1
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 1
Quick Printing 1
Radio Stations 3
Real Estate Credit 2
Residential Property Managers 3
Residential Remodelers 9
Roofing Contractors 2
Savings Institutions 3
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 4
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 7
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 6
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Tax Preparation Services 3
Temporary Help Services 3
Textile Machinery Manufacturing 1
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 2
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 4
Veterinary Services 5
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 6
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

Examine a list of Ashland businesses and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Franchise Tradeshows. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include The Dinner A' Fare and AllOver Media. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Consulting Franchises and Health Franchises.

Note on Ashland Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Ashland, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Forming a Company in Ashland, Ohio

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Ohio, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Ohio. As it turns out, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as LLC Advantages. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Ashland, Ohio, our web page covering Incorporating in Ohio may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Ohio.

Startup Financing Basics

Obtaining startup financing for your Ashland 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.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Attracting Investors.

For Ashland entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, you'll want to take a look at our List of Ohio Angel Investors and our List of Ohio Venture Capital Firms.

Selling Tips

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Ashland business to do well.

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Effective Sales Presentations is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Ashland, Ohio, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby Ohio universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate Ashland networking organizations.

Next Steps

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Ashland and throughout the United States . 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.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Ashland, Ohio

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

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