June 6, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs  
  Baraboo, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Need help starting a business in Baraboo, Wisconsin? We've got the information you need to open a business in Baraboo.

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Good 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 a Collectible Phonograph Records Business guide or our Starting a Lasers Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Remember that Baraboo is the place where you are starting a business. If Baraboo already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. A critical consideration is whether Baraboo demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Baraboo, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 983
5-9 Employees 366
10-19 Employees 278
20-49 Employees 123
50-99 Employees 42
100-249 Employees 36
250-499 Employees 9
500-999 Employees 9
1000+ Employees 3
All Baraboo Businesses 1849

As a new Baraboo entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Baraboo 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Art Dealers 1
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 9
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Book Stores 4
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 3
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 2
Casino Hotels 1
Casinos (except Casino Hotels) 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child and Youth Services 3
Child Day Care Services 11
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 2
Computer Systems Design Services 2
Computer Training 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Consumer Lending 2
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 3
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 13
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 8
Electronic Resistor Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 1
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 3
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 3
Fine Arts Schools 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Floor Covering Stores 2
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Food Service Contractors 2
Framing Contractors 2
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 16
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 5
General Automotive Repair 6
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 8
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Grantmaking Foundations 2
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Historical Sites 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Home Centers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 3
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 5
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 4
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 14
Janitorial Services 7
Jewelry Stores 2
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 12
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 16
Limousine Service 1
Linen Supply 1
Locksmiths 1
Logging 1
Machine Shops 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 3
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Meat Markets 1
Metal Can Manufacturing 1
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
New Car Dealers 4
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 7
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 10
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Portfolio Management 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 3
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Remediation Services 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 7
Retail Bakeries 1
Savings Institutions 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 5
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Shoe Stores 2
Siding Contractors 2
Site Preparation Contractors 6
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Sports Teams and Clubs 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Taxi Service 1
Television Broadcasting 1
Temporary Help Services 3
Temporary Shelters 2
Testing Laboratories 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Used Car Dealers 5
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 3

Is Buying an Existing Baraboo Business a Good Strategy?

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

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Selecting a Name For Your Startup

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

Even if the name doesn't do it by itself, many naming experts believe there should be a story behind the name that ties into your company mission.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Naming a Company.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Baraboo, it's very important that you make sure you will be the only Wisconsin company using the business name you have chosen.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Writing a business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Find Sample Business Plans Online. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Building Up Your Sales

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

The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Landing Big Customers is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Next Steps

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

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Baraboo and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Baraboo entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Baraboo, Wisconsin

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