August 12, 2020  
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Start a Business in Chester, Illinois

Are you starting a business in Chester, Illinois? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Chester.

Chester, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 3735
5-9 Employees 1620
10-19 Employees 720
20-49 Employees 540
50-99 Employees 225
100-249 Employees 90
250-499 Employees 90
500-999 Employees 45
1000+ Employees 0
All Chester Businesses 7065

As a new Chester entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Chester 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 1
Breakfast Cereal Manufacturing 1
Business Associations 1
Cafeterias 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 4
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 2
Credit Unions 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 1
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Florists 1
Flour Milling 1
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 4
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 4
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Navigational Services to Shipping 1
New Car Dealers 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Radio Stations 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 2
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Examine a list of Chester businesses and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. But is franchising the right option for you?

Most business experts recommend that you investigate buying a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Benefits of Owning A Franchise. 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 Dealer Specialties and Homes & Land Publishing, Ltd.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Wedding Franchises and Food and Drink Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Chester Business?

We've created a helpful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Illinois. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Chester.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Naming the Business

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.

Even if the name doesn't do it by itself, many naming experts believe there should be a story behind the name that ties into your company mission.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Chester, it's very important that you make sure no Illinois company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

Creating a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Free Business Plan Templates. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Illinois.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Chester, Illinois, you should check out some of the many programs available at nearby Illinois universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate networking organizations for Chester entrepreneurs.

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Chester. 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 Chester businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Chester, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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