January 24, 2021  
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Starting a Business in Cambridge, New York

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

Cambridge, New York Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 3159
5-9 Employees 624
10-19 Employees 663
20-49 Employees 351
50-99 Employees 39
100-249 Employees 39
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Cambridge Businesses 4875

As a new Cambridge entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Cambridge 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
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 6
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Machine Shops 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 2
Periodical Publishers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Solid Waste Collection 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Veterinary Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Should You Buy an Existing Cambridge Business?

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

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

Having a business plan is essential to the health of your new business. In effect, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Reasons to Write a Business Plan. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in New York.

Promoting Your New Company

Whether your goal is to attract Cambridge customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a solid marketing plan.

You can learn a ton about marketing on our site. Technology Marketing is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

The Art of Selling

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

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.

Compensating Sales People is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good business owners recognize that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Cambridge, New York, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local New York educational institutions. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Cambridge entrepreneurs.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Cambridge. 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.

We are here to help Cambridge businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Cambridge entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Cambridge, New York

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



Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs

Buying a Business

Writing a Business Plan

Raising Money


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