Texas Business Startup Guides
Opening a Business in Brownsville, Texas
Contemplating starting a business in Brownsville, Texas? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Brownsville.
Are You Ready for the Challenges of Being an Entrepreneur?
Before quitting your day job, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.
To determine whether you have what it takes to run a business, we recommend these three steps to help you decide:
- Talk to other entrepreneurs in Brownsville. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
- We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
- Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.
Brownsville, Texas Demographic Information
Brownsville has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Brownsville demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Brownsville.
As a new Brownsville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Brownsville 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.
Should You Franchise?
Visit the business district of Brownsville and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?
We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Growth Trends in Franchising. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.
You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.
Representative franchise opportunities include Ricky's Candy, Cones and Chaos and SHIELD Security Systems. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Consulting Franchises and Health Franchises.
Note on Brownsville Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Brownsville.
Should You Buy an Existing Brownsville Business?
We've created a helpful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Texas. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Brownsville.
If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.
Company Formation in Brownsville, Texas
A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will protect you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.
The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.
Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Texas, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Texas. As it turns out, you can 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's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Corporate Formalities. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Brownsville, Texas, our information on Incorporating in Texas may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Texas.
How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities
Good entrepreneurs know that they don't know everything.
Given that you are starting a business in Brownsville, Texas, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Texas universities, colleges and community colleges. We also recommend you look into Brownsville networking organizations.
Never Give Up
You have a dream -- starting a business in Brownsville. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.
From this point on, you control your own destiny.
We are here to help Brownsville businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Brownsville, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Brownsville, Texas
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Brownsville.
- Resources for Brownsville, Texas Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Brownsville entrepreneurs.
- Texas Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Texas.
- Houston, Texas Small Business Development Center - Serving 32 counties in Southeast Texas through 14 business consulting and training centers, the Small Business Development Center Network contributes to the growth and prosperity of the Texas Gulf Coast communities.
- North Texas Small Business Development Center - The NTSBDC Network promotes small business success by providing management education.
- Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center - The Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center was established with Texas Tech University in 1986. This regional program serves over ninety thousand square miles including ninety-five counties with a population base of approximately 1.8 million people. This region is serviced by six centers located in Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland/Odessa, Abilene, Stephenville, and Wichita Falls.
- South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Texas Small Business Development Center - The South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides consulting and technical assistance to the small business community.
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