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Opening a Business in Clear Lake, South Dakota

Contemplating starting a business in Clear Lake, South Dakota? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Clear Lake.

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. We recommend that you read Free Business Ideas.

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 How to Start a Stage Lighting Equipment Business guide or our Opening a Water Filtration & Purification Equipment Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Remember that Clear Lake is the place where you are starting a business. Some businesses will do better in Clear Lake than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Clear Lake demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Clear Lake, South Dakota Demographic Information

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

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

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 Clear Lake Businesses

As a new Clear Lake entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Clear Lake 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Beauty Salons
Child Day Care Services
Commercial Bakeries
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electric Power Distribution
Explosives Manufacturing
Framing Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Furniture Stores
General Automotive Repair
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Hardware Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Landscaping Services
Limousine Service
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Residential Remodelers
Site Preparation Contractors
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

What About Franchising Opportunities?

As you drive around Clear Lake, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

Our recommendation is that you look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as How to Franchise. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Pro-Sight Property Inspections and McGruff Safe Kids Total Identification System. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Construction Franchises and Home Services Franchises.

Note on Clear Lake Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Clear Lake.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Clear Lake Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in South Dakota. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Clear Lake.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Raising Funding for Your Business

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Clear Lake business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

For Clear Lake entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of South Dakota Angel Investors and our List of South Dakota Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Clear Lake customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some great resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Advertising Campaigns is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Clear Lake. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

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

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Clear Lake and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Clear Lake entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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