January 19, 2021  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Florida Entrepreneurs  
  Bristol, Florida Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Bristol, Florida

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

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Good Business Ideas.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Bedspreads Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide or our Starting a Seawalls Contractors Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Bristol. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Bristol. Study Bristol demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Bristol, Florida Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 729
5-9 Employees 297
10-19 Employees 324
20-49 Employees 27
50-99 Employees 27
100-249 Employees 27
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Bristol Businesses 1431

As a new Bristol entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Bristol 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 1
Credit Unions 1
Dimension Stone Mining and Quarrying 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Centers 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Landscaping Services 1
Logging 6
Masonry Contractors 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Sawmills 3
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Temporary Shelters 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Wood Preservation 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Bristol, it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to evaluate the possibility of your buying a franchise opportunity. We have many articles on franchises, such as Costs of Franchise Ownership. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Representative franchise opportunities include Doughboys Franchising and Pizza Delight. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Child Education and Tutoring Franchises and Payday Loan Franchises.

Note on Bristol Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Bristol.

Forming a Company in Bristol, Florida

It's essential that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation 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. If you are starting a business in Florida, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Florida. In fact, you are allowed to 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 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 Registered Agents. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Bristol, Florida, our web page covering Incorporating in Florida may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Florida.

Selling Tips

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

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Hiring Good Sales People 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 business owners recognize that they need to continually improve.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Bristol, Florida, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby Florida universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate networking groups or organizations in which Bristol entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Never Give Up

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Bristol and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Bristol, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Bristol, Florida

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

  • Resources for Bristol, Florida Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Bristol entrepreneurs.
  • Florida Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Florida.
  • Florida Small Business Development Center - The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN) is a statewide economic development partnership between higher education and other stakeholder organizations dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with the assistance needed to start, grow and succeed, contributing to the Florida economy.



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