April 10, 2020  
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  Blairsville, Pennsylvania Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Blairsville, Pennsylvania

Thinking about starting a business in Blairsville, Pennsylvania? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Blairsville.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening an Offset Reproductions & Printing Business guide or our Starting an Optical Goods Retail Business guide.

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

Blairsville, Pennsylvania Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 660
5-9 Employees 246
10-19 Employees 222
20-49 Employees 150
50-99 Employees 42
100-249 Employees 42
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Blairsville Businesses 1368

As a new Blairsville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Blairsville 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
Air and Gas Compressor Manufacturing 1
Ambulance Services 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 5
Beauty Salons 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Bituminous Coal Underground Mining 2
Building Inspection Services 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Car Washes 1
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 6
Consumer Lending 1
Credit Unions 1
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Dimension Stone Mining and Quarrying 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Engineering Services 1
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Florists 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 10
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
General Automotive Repair 7
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 2
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Janitorial Services 1
Landscaping Services 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 4
Machine Shops 1
Metal Stamping 3
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
New Car Dealers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Powder Metallurgy Part Manufacturing 1
Radio Stations 1
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 2
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 6
Retail Bakeries 1
Sales Financing 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Site Preparation Contractors 4
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Support Activities for Coal Mining 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Tire Dealers 2
Travel Agencies 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Blairsville Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Pennsylvania. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Blairsville.

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

Selecting a Name For Your Startup

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.

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 Business.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Blairsville, it's critical that you ensure that no other Pennsylvania company is using the business name you want to use.

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You should also take advantage of free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Pennsylvania.

Building Up Your Sales

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Blairsville business, you need to focus on sales.

The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Closing Sales is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

The best entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Pennsylvania universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Blairsville entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Moving Forward

As an entrepreneur in Blairsville, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Blairsville and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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.

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