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Start a Business in Batavia, New York
Are you starting a business in Batavia, New York? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Batavia.
Batavia, New York Demographic Information
Batavia has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Batavia demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Batavia.
As a new Batavia entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Batavia 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.
Is Franchising a Better Option?
As you drive around Batavia, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?
We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Buying a Franchise. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.
A comprehensive list of franchisors is available via our List of Franchise Opportunities.
Note on Batavia Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Batavia, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.
Is Buying an Existing Batavia Business a Good Strategy?
We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in New York. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Batavia.
Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: How to Buy a Business.
Naming the Company
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.
Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?
For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.
There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Batavia, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another New York business.
Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan
A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.
If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Expert Advice on Business Plans. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in New York.
Startup Financing Basics
Raising money to fund your new Batavia business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.
Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Getting a Small Business Loan.
Getting the Word Out About Your New Company
To rise above the crowd in Batavia and build your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.
There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Radio Ads 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.
You have a dream -- starting a business in Batavia. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.
Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.
This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Batavia and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Batavia, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Batavia, New York
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Batavia.
- Resources for Batavia, New York Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Batavia entrepreneurs.
- New York Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in New York.
- New York Small Business Development Center - The New York State Small Business Development Center delivers high quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business.
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