June 3, 2020  
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Start a Business in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? We recommend that you read Finding Your Niche in Life.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Homes & Institutions Business guide or our How to Start a Soft Drinks & Mixers Wholesale Business guide.

Don't forget that you are starting a business in Beaver Dam. If Beaver Dam already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. A critical consideration is whether Beaver Dam demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1788
5-9 Employees 726
10-19 Employees 582
20-49 Employees 252
50-99 Employees 132
100-249 Employees 78
250-499 Employees 12
500-999 Employees 6
1000+ Employees 0
All Beaver Dam Businesses 3576

As a new Beaver Dam entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Beaver Dam 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Art Dealers 1
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 5
Automotive Transmission Repair 2
Beauty Salons 12
Boat Dealers 1
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 4
Child Day Care Services 6
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Consumer Lending 1
Credit Unions 4
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 9
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 3
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 1
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 4
Floor Covering Stores 3
Florists 4
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 3
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 3
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 21
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 4
General Automotive Repair 4
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 3
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 15
Interior Design Services 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investment Advice 1
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 6
Jewelry Stores 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 3
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 12
Limousine Service 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Machine Shops 3
Mail-Order Houses 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motorcycle Dealers 4
Museums 1
New Car Dealers 6
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Chiropractors 5
Offices of Dentists 12
Offices of Lawyers 9
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Optical Goods Stores 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 4
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 3
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 4
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Powder Metallurgy Part Manufacturing 1
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 1
Quick Printing 1
Racetracks 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 2
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 2
Savings Institutions 2
Securities Brokerage 5
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 2
Shoe Stores 1
Siding Contractors 2
Site Preparation Contractors 7
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Software Publishers 1
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Temporary Help Services 5
Temporary Shelters 3
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 1
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 3
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 4
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 4
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

As you drive around Beaver Dam, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Marketing Support. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Representative franchise opportunities include Elephant House Inc. and Always Best Care Senior Services. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Blind Repair and Sales Franchises and Flooring Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Beaver Dam Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Wisconsin. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Beaver Dam.

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

Selecting a Name For Your Venture

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.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

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 Beaver Dam, it's critical that you ensure that your company name has not already been claimed by another Wisconsin business.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Beaver Dam business, you need a great marketing plan.

You can learn plenty about marketing on our site. Billboard Advertising Costs is an article that will generate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

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

With your business being located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby Wisconsin universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking organizations for Beaver Dam entrepreneurs.

Never Give Up

As an entrepreneur in Beaver Dam, 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.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Beaver Dam and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Beaver Dam entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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