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Open a Business in Challis, Idaho

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

Challis, Idaho Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Challis Businesses

As a new Challis entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Challis 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering
Art Dealers
Beauty Salons
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns
Child Day Care Services
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Credit Unions
Electric Power Distribution
Electrical Contractors
Engineering Services
Full-Service Restaurants
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Home Health Equipment Rental
Household Appliance Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Janitorial Services
Meat Markets
New Housing Operative Builders
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing
Septic Tank and Related Services
Solid Waste Collection
Tax Preparation Services
Tire Dealers
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices
Veterinary Services
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Challis, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as How to Franchise. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Referral Institute and Express Train Fitness for Men. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Construction Franchises and Home Services Franchises.

Note on Challis Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Challis, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Picking a Business Name

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Branding Advice.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in Challis, it's imperative that you check now that no other Idaho company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Challis, Idaho

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Without a legal structure for the business, you can be held personally liable for the actions, debts and obligations of your company.

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. 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 Idaho, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Idaho. 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 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 Company Formation. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Challis, Idaho, our information on Incorporating in Idaho may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Idaho.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Challis 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 Choosing VC Firms.

For Challis entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Idaho Angel Investors and our List of Idaho Venture Capital Firms.

The Art of Selling

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Challis business to do well.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Sales Forecasting offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

The best entrepreneurs recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

Given that you are starting a business in Challis, Idaho, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Idaho universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Challis networking organizations.

Next Steps

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

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

We are here to help Challis businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Challis, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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