Illinois Business Startup Guides
Opening a Business in Bloomington, Illinois
Contemplating starting a business in Bloomington, Illinois? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Bloomington.
Bloomington, Illinois Demographic Information
Bloomington has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Bloomington demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Bloomington.
As a new Bloomington entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Bloomington 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.
Have You Considered Buying an Existing Bloomington Business?
An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Illinois. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Bloomington.
For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.
Forming a Company in Bloomington, Illinois
It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.
When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.
Incorporation 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 Illinois, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Illinois. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate in the state of your choosing. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.
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 Pre-Incorporation Agreements. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Bloomington, Illinois, our web page covering Incorporating in Illinois may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Illinois.
Do You Need a Business Plan?
A business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.
If writing a business plan is on your to-do list, be sure to read Expert Advice on Business Plans. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Illinois.
Raising Money for Your New Venture
Raising money to fund your new Bloomington business is not an easy task. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.
To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Getting a Small Business Loan.
Promoting Your New Business
To rise above the crowd in Bloomington and build your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.
There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Dealing with Angry Customers discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.
Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills
Good business owners recognize that they need to continually improve.
As an entrepreneur who lives in Bloomington, Illinois, you should check out some of the learning programs at local Illinois educational institutions. You should also check if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Bloomington entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.
Now It's Up To You
Most new Bloomington businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.
If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.
This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Bloomington and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Bloomington, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Bloomington, Illinois
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Bloomington.
- Resources for Bloomington, Illinois Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Bloomington entrepreneurs.
- Illinois Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Illinois.
- Illinois Small Business Development Center - Illinois Small Business Development Centers located throughout the state provide assistance to new and existing small businesses.
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