January 23, 2021  
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  Benson, Minnesota Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Benson, Minnesota

Contemplating starting a business in Benson, Minnesota? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Benson.

Is Becoming a Business Owner Right for You?

Most new ventures fail, in part because the founder did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed 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:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Benson. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • You should read Starting a Company. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Talk it over with a close friend or partner. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Benson, Minnesota Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1494
5-9 Employees 666
10-19 Employees 432
20-49 Employees 270
50-99 Employees 90
100-249 Employees 18
250-499 Employees 18
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Benson Businesses 2988

As a new Benson entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Benson 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Credit Unions 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 4
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 2
Homes for the Elderly 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Masonry Contractors 2
Men's Clothing Stores 1
New Car Dealers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 3
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Quick Printing 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Solid Waste Collection 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Benson Business?

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

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

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.

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.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Company.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in Benson, it's imperative that you check now that no other Minnesota company is using the business name you want to use.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Presentations. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Minnesota.

The Art of Selling

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Benson business to do well.

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Compensating Sales People is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Moving Forward

Most new Benson businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Benson and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Benson 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 Benson, Minnesota

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



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