January 16, 2021  
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  Chanute, Kansas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Chanute, Kansas

Contemplating starting a business in Chanute, Kansas? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Chanute.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Pathology Laboratories Business guide or our Starting a Pharmaceutical Information Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Chanute. If Chanute already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. A critical consideration is whether Chanute demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Chanute, Kansas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 645
5-9 Employees 240
10-19 Employees 150
20-49 Employees 81
50-99 Employees 39
100-249 Employees 27
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Chanute Businesses 1185

As a new Chanute entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Chanute 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Art Dealers 1
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 4
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 3
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Cement Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 5
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 4
Claims Adjusting 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Credit Bureaus 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 5
Electrical Contractors 4
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Engineering Services 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Florists 2
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 10
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 4
General Automotive Repair 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 4
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 10
Janitorial Services 4
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Landscaping Services 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 7
Machine Shops 2
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 4
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 6
Office Administrative Services 3
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 9
Offices of Optometrists 4
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Radio Stations 2
Real Estate Credit 1
Residential Remodelers 3
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 5
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Solid Waste Collection 1
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Steel Wire Drawing 1
Tax Preparation Services 3
Temporary Help Services 2
Testing Laboratories 1
Tire Dealers 2
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 3
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 4
Women's Clothing Stores 2
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Chanute Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Kansas. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Chanute.

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

Picking a Company Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Chanute, it's critical that you ensure that no other Kansas company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Chanute, Kansas

It's essential that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

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. If you are starting a business in Kansas, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Kansas. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 ESOP Formation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Chanute, Kansas, our information on Incorporating in Kansas may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Kansas.

Selling Tips

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Chanute business, you need to focus on sales.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Selling Products on eBay is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

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

What's Next?

As an entrepreneur in Chanute, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

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

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