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Open a Business in Bedford, Kentucky

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

Bedford, Kentucky Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Bedford Businesses

As a new Bedford entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Bedford 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
Civic and Social Organizations
Computer Systems Design Services
Electric Power Distribution
Engineering Services
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Hardware Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Landscaping Services
Masonry Contractors
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing
Site Preparation Contractors
Veterinary Services

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Bedford Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Kentucky. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Bedford.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Buying a Business.

Picking a Company Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Bedford, it's very important that you make sure no other Kentucky company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Bedford, Kentucky

It's very important 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.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Kentucky, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Kentucky. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate wherever you want. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

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 Avoiding Personal Liability in Business. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Bedford, Kentucky, our information on Incorporating in Kentucky may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Kentucky.

Promoting Your New Startup

To rise above the crowd in Bedford and build your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Advertising Campaigns is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

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

Moving Forward

You have a dream -- starting a business in Bedford. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Bedford 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 Bedford, Kentucky

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

  • Resources for Bedford, Kentucky Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Bedford entrepreneurs.
  • Kentucky Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Small Business Development Center - The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) has been assisting Kentucky small business community for more than 25 years. KSBDC is co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is administered by the University of Kentucky in partnership with regional universities, community and private colleges, and the private sector.

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