June 6, 2020  
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  Chilton, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Chilton, Wisconsin

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

Do You Have Entrepreneurial Drive and Passion?

Most new ventures do not succeed, in part because the founder did not have the tenacity and/or the skills to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Chilton. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Which Business to Choose?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Evaluating Your Idea.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting an Auto Accessories Retail Business guide or our Opening a Textile Machinery & Parts Business guide.

Don't forget that starting a business in Chilton has some implications. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Chilton. Make sure you fully understand Chilton demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Chilton, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 381
5-9 Employees 138
10-19 Employees 81
20-49 Employees 63
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 9
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Chilton Businesses 705

As a new Chilton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Chilton 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 3
Bowling Centers 1
Breweries 1
Broom, Brush, and Mop Manufacturing 1
Car Washes 1
Caterers 2
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Training 1
Credit Unions 1
Dimension Stone Mining and Quarrying 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 7
Electrical Contractors 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Florists 1
Flour Milling 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Full-Service Restaurants 5
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Homes for the Elderly 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Janitorial Services 2
Jewelry Stores 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Machine Shops 3
Malt Manufacturing 2
Metal Heat Treating 1
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 2
Mobile Food Services 1
New Car Dealers 2
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Remediation Services 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 4
Retail Bakeries 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

What About Buying an Existing Chilton Business?

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

If you are headed down the path of buying a business, you may want to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Naming the Company

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.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

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

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Chilton, it's imperative that you check now that no other Wisconsin company is using the business name you want to use.

The Role of the Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Ramping Up Sales

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

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

How to Build and Motivate a Sales Team is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Now It's Up To You

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Chilton 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.

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