January 26, 2021  
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  Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Evaluating Your Idea.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start an Avionics Sales & Service Business guide or our How to Start a Fishing Bait & Tackle Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Bethlehem. Some businesses will do better in Bethlehem than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Bethlehem demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 16420
5-9 Employees 6612
10-19 Employees 3816
20-49 Employees 3276
50-99 Employees 1116
100-249 Employees 780
250-499 Employees 204
500-999 Employees 36
1000+ Employees 60
All Bethlehem Businesses 32320

As a new Bethlehem entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Bethlehem 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 4
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Ambulance Services 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 8
Armored Car Services 1
Art Dealers 2
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 12
Automotive Transmission Repair 2
Baked Goods Stores 2
Barber Shops 4
Beauty Salons 57
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 12
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Boat Dealers 1
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 2
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 9
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 8
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Caterers 4
Cemeteries and Crematories 3
Child and Youth Services 8
Child Day Care Services 18
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 3
Civic and Social Organizations 27
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 4
Collection Agencies 2
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 3
Commercial Photography 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 4
Computer Systems Design Services 9
Consumer Lending 4
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 11
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 2
Couriers 5
Credit Bureaus 2
Credit Unions 8
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 18
Custom Roll Forming 2
Deep Sea Freight Transportation 1
Dental Laboratories 4
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 6
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 4
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 2
Display Advertising 2
Document Preparation Services 1
Drafting Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 17
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 6
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 16
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 17
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 2
Engineering Services 20
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 2
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 8
Finish Carpentry Contractors 14
Fish and Seafood Markets 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 13
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 3
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 8
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 23
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Framing Contractors 7
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 87
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 5
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 7
General Automotive Repair 27
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 2
General Warehousing and Storage 5
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 19
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 4
Hardware Stores 2
Heating Oil Dealers 5
Historical Sites 7
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 2
Home Centers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 2
Home Health Care Services 10
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Homes for the Elderly 7
Household Appliance Stores 1
Human Rights Organizations 3
Industrial Design Services 1
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 3
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 46
Interior Design Services 4
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 8
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Janitorial Services 22
Jewelry Stores 11
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 3
Landscape Architectural Services 2
Landscaping Services 27
Libraries and Archives 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 73
Linen Supply 1
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Machine Shops 5
Mail-Order Houses 3
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Masonry Contractors 7
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 2
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Metal Heat Treating 2
Metal Stamping 1
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 2
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 3
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 6
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Museums 2
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 3
Nail Salons 4
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 6
New Housing Operative Builders 2
News Dealers and Newsstands 2
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 10
Office Administrative Services 6
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 11
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 3
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 12
Offices of Chiropractors 18
Offices of Dentists 68
Offices of Lawyers 80
Offices of Optometrists 7
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 6
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Optical Goods Stores 6
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 4
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 17
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Payroll Services 2
Periodical Publishers 4
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 4
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 19
Photography Studios, Portrait 6
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 9
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 17
Prepress Services 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Professional Organizations 2
Quick Printing 2
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 3
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 7
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 3
Residential Property Managers 8
Residential Remodelers 27
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 2
Roofing Contractors 11
Rooming and Boarding Houses 22
Sales Financing 2
Savings Institutions 16
Securities Brokerage 14
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 4
Shoe Stores 4
Siding Contractors 5
Site Preparation Contractors 8
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 18
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 3
Solid Waste Collection 9
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sound Recording Studios 1
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 8
Sports and Recreation Instruction 6
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tax Preparation Services 6
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Telephone Answering Services 1
Television Broadcasting 1
Temporary Help Services 15
Temporary Shelters 5
Testing Laboratories 5
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 3
Thread Mills 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 4
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 5
Tire Retreading 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 3
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 1
Travel Agencies 9
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 9
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 2
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Vending Machine Operators 4
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 9
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 6
Voluntary Health Organizations 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 21
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 8
Women's Clothing Stores 8
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Choosing a Company Name

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.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are planning on starting a business in Bethlehem, it's very important that you make sure no other Pennsylvania company is using the business name you want to use.

Company Formation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

A critical step is ensuring that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. 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. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Pennsylvania, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Pennsylvania. As it turns out, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Pre-Incorporation Agreements. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, our information on Incorporating in Pennsylvania may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Pennsylvania.

Marketing Your New Venture

To rise above the crowd in Bethlehem and grow your business, you need a solid marketing plan.

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

Bring in Revenues

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

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Anticipating Prospect Responses offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

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

Given that you are starting a business in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Pennsylvania universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also smart to see if there are any networking organizations for Bethlehem entrepreneurs.

What's Next?

You have a dream -- starting a business in Bethlehem. 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 Bethlehem and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Bethlehem entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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