January 26, 2021  
 
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  Aurora, Colorado Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Aurora, Colorado

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

Do You Have What It Takes?

Most new businesses fail, in part because the founder did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Aurora. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Aurora, Colorado Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 172455
5-9 Employees 49905
10-19 Employees 30780
20-49 Employees 22680
50-99 Employees 8865
100-249 Employees 5490
250-499 Employees 1215
500-999 Employees 180
1000+ Employees 135
All Aurora Businesses 291705

As a new Aurora entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Aurora 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
Advertising Agencies 10
Air and Gas Compressor Manufacturing 1
Aircraft Manufacturing 1
Ambulance Services 4
Amusement and Theme Parks 2
Amusement Arcades 7
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 6
Architectural Services 7
Art Dealers 2
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 11
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 26
Automotive Transmission Repair 8
Baked Goods Stores 5
Barber Shops 7
Beauty Salons 78
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 65
Blood and Organ Banks 3
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 6
Bowling Centers 4
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Broom, Brush, and Mop Manufacturing 1
Building Inspection Services 11
Business and Secretarial Schools 1
Business Associations 11
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 3
Cafeterias 10
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 4
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 9
Carpet and Rug Mills 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 14
Caterers 5
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Charter Bus Industry 2
Child and Youth Services 7
Child Day Care Services 72
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 5
Civic and Social Organizations 13
Claims Adjusting 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 9
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 9
Collection Agencies 12
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 8
Commercial Photography 2
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 18
Computer Facilities Management Services 2
Computer Systems Design Services 92
Computer Training 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Consumer Lending 13
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 19
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 7
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 2
Couriers 12
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 3
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 19
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 57
Dental Laboratories 12
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 4
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 6
Digital Printing 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 7
Direct Mail Advertising 2
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 9
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 4
Discount Department Stores 7
Display Advertising 2
Document Preparation Services 9
Drafting Services 5
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 35
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 35
Educational Support Services 13
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 60
Electronic Auctions 1
Electronic Shopping 18
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10
Employment Placement Agencies 8
Engineering Services 58
Envelope Manufacturing 1
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Facilities Support Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 18
Family Planning Centers 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 6
Finish Carpentry Contractors 52
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 25
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 11
Flooring Contractors 19
Florists 8
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 12
Food Service Contractors 3
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 2
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Framing Contractors 40
Freight Transportation Arrangement 27
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 182
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 6
Furniture Stores 13
General Automotive Repair 78
General Freight Trucking, Local 17
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 4
General Warehousing and Storage 8
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 20
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Gold Ore Mining 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Grantmaking Foundations 11
Graphic Design Services 15
Gypsum Product Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 6
Hardware Stores 5
HMO Medical Centers 3
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 13
Home Centers 5
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 6
Home Health Care Services 21
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 10
Household Appliance Stores 8
Human Rights Organizations 3
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 162
Interior Design Services 10
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 4
Investment Advice 18
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 86
Jewelry Stores 20
Junior Colleges 2
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 6
Landscape Architectural Services 5
Landscaping Services 83
Language Schools 3
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 8
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 236
Limousine Service 4
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 9
Locksmiths 3
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Machine Shops 2
Mail-Order Houses 4
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 2
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 17
Masonry Contractors 10
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Mattress Manufacturing 2
Meat Markets 10
Media Buying Agencies 1
Media Representatives 2
Medical Laboratories 10
Men's Clothing Stores 7
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 2
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 4
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 60
Motion Picture and Video Production 8
Motor Vehicle Towing 6
Motorcycle Dealers 4
Museums 1
Musical Groups and Artists 3
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 4
Nail Salons 16
Natural Gas Distribution 1
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 1
New Car Dealers 15
New Housing Operative Builders 6
News Dealers and Newsstands 2
News Syndicates 2
Newspaper Publishers 5
Nonferrous Forging 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 13
Nursing Care Facilities 8
Office Administrative Services 19
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 3
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 6
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 40
Offices of Chiropractors 48
Offices of Dentists 128
Offices of Lawyers 49
Offices of Optometrists 19
Offices of Other Holding Companies 4
Offices of Podiatrists 5
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 30
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3
Optical Goods Stores 15
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Packing and Crating 7
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 6
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 52
Parking Lots and Garages 3
Passenger Car Rental 9
Payroll Services 1
Periodical Publishers 3
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 11
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 13
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 20
Photography Studios, Portrait 20
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 4
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 9
Prepress Services 1
Primary Battery Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 6
Professional Employer Organizations 2
Professional Organizations 8
Public Relations Agencies 6
Quick Printing 8
Racetracks 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 5
Real Estate Credit 37
Real Estate Investment Trusts 4
Recreational Goods Rental 3
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Reinsurance Carriers 2
Remediation Services 5
Residential Property Managers 35
Residential Remodelers 66
Retail Bakeries 3
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 3
Roofing Contractors 24
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Sales Financing 5
Savings Institutions 11
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 2
Securities Brokerage 23
Security Guards and Patrol Services 12
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shellfish Fishing 1
Shoe Stores 26
Siding Contractors 15
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 18
Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 45
Software Publishers 7
Solid Waste Collection 6
Solid Waste Landfill 2
Special Needs Transportation 2
Sporting Goods Stores 23
Sports and Recreation Instruction 17
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 50
Telecommunications Resellers 3
Telemarketing Bureaus 3
Telephone Answering Services 3
Temporary Help Services 32
Temporary Shelters 3
Testing Laboratories 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 20
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 18
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 7
Tobacco Stores 8
Tour Operators 3
Tradebinding and Related Work 2
Translation and Interpretation Services 5
Travel Agencies 14
Truss Manufacturing 2
Used Car Dealers 13
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 12
Used Merchandise Stores 19
Vending Machine Operators 7
Veterinary Services 21
Video Tape and Disc Rental 19
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2
Voluntary Health Organizations 4
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 6
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 70
Window Treatment Stores 5
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 25
Women's Clothing Stores 22

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Aurora, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Five Franchise Opportunities To Watch. 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 Chicken Delight and Global Leaderboard. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Embroidery Franchises and Meal Preparation Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Aurora Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Colorado. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Aurora.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Aurora customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a excellent marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Sponsoring Local Events discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good entrepreneurs recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

Given that you are starting a business in Aurora, Colorado, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Colorado universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also beneficial to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Aurora entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Now It's Up To You

Most new Aurora 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 Aurora and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Aurora, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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