February 16, 2020  
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  Carbondale, Pennsylvania Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

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

Choosing the Right Company to 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 Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 Opening a Mixing & Agitation Machinery Business guide or our Opening a Photo Restoration, Preservation, & Supplies Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Carbondale. Some businesses will do better in Carbondale than others. A critical consideration is whether Carbondale demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Carbondale, Pennsylvania Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2072
5-9 Employees 648
10-19 Employees 456
20-49 Employees 216
50-99 Employees 96
100-249 Employees 36
250-499 Employees 12
500-999 Employees 24
1000+ Employees 0
All Carbondale Businesses 3560

As a new Carbondale entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Carbondale 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
Ambulance Services 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Beauty Salons 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 5
Bowling Centers 2
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Car Washes 1
Caterers 1
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 3
Dimension Stone Mining and Quarrying 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 6
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 3
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Engineering Services 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 2
Full-Service Restaurants 15
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 3
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 5
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Interior Design Services 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 1
Landscaping Services 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 7
Linen Supply 1
Masonry Contractors 4
Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Nail Salons 1
New Car Dealers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 5
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Optical Goods Stores 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 7
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Retail Bakeries 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Sawmills 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 3
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 3
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Textile Bag Mills 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

What About Buying an Existing Carbondale Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Pennsylvania. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Carbondale.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.

Company Formation in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporating 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. Just because you are starting a business in Pennsylvania, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Pennsylvania. As it turns out, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. 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. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Offshore Company Formation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, our information on Incorporating in Pennsylvania may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Pennsylvania.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Pennsylvania.

Startup Financing Basics

Getting your Carbondale business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Realistic Debt Financing Options.

For Carbondale entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, check out our List of Pennsylvania Angel Investors and our List of Pennsylvania Venture Capital Firms.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Carbondale and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Carbondale, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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