August 1, 2020  
 
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Starting a Business in Chesaning, Michigan

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

What Business Are You Starting?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Glass & Glazing Contractors Business guide or our Starting a Hospital Beds Retail Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are starting a business in Chesaning. Some businesses will do better in Chesaning than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Chesaning demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Chesaning, Michigan Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 279
5-9 Employees 129
10-19 Employees 66
20-49 Employees 36
50-99 Employees 6
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Chesaning Businesses 519

As a new Chesaning entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Chesaning 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
Businesses
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Beauty Salons 2
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 1
Child Day Care Services 4
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Credit Unions 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Electrical Contractors 2
Family Clothing Stores 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Floor Covering Stores 2
Flooring Contractors 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Framing Contractors 2
Full-Service Restaurants 4
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 3
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Hardware Stores 2
Homes for the Elderly 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Interior Design Services 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscaping Services 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 8
Machine Shops 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 2
Masonry Contractors 2
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Mobile Food Services 1
New Car Dealers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 4
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 5
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Chesaning, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

Most business experts recommend that you investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising and Veterans. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Stone Mountain / GCO Flooring Outlets and Turf Logic. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as ATM Franchises and Health Franchises.

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

Forming a Company in Chesaning, Michigan

A critical step is ensuring 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 popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Michigan, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Michigan. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate wherever you want. 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. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Incorporating Online. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Chesaning, Michigan, our information on Incorporating in Michigan may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Michigan.

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is critical 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 is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Michigan.

Marketing Your New Business

To rise above the crowd in Chesaning and build your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Newspaper Advertising Costs discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

How to Sell

Mastering the art of selling is a must if you want your new Chesaning business to do well.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

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

Now It's Up To You

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

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

We are here to help Chesaning businesses to be successful. We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Chesaning, Michigan

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

  • Resources for Chesaning, Michigan Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Chesaning entrepreneurs.
  • Michigan Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Michigan.
  • Michigan Small Business Development Center - This organization supports 12 regional offices and over 30 satellite offices, each providing counseling and training to Michigan small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the 83 counties in Michigan. Services to entrepreneurs are offered through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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