October 24, 2020  
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  Coalinga, California Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Coalinga, California

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

Coalinga, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 258
5-9 Employees 108
10-19 Employees 72
20-49 Employees 48
50-99 Employees 18
100-249 Employees 6
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Coalinga Businesses 510

As a new Coalinga entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Coalinga 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Business Associations 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Convenience Stores 1
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Facilities Support Services 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 9
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 2
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 2
Janitorial Services 1
Landscaping Services 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 12
Machine Shops 2
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Museums 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Property Managers 3
Residential Remodelers 1
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Coalinga, it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Marketing Support. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Learning Express Toys. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Child Care Franchises and Home Services Franchises.

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

Forming a Company in Coalinga, California

A critical step is ensuring that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporating 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 California, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in California. As it turns out, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles 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 Coalinga, California, our information on Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in California.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Coalinga business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Business Incubators.

For Coalinga entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, we have assembled a List of California Angel Investors and our List of California Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Coalinga customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a excellent marketing plan.

You can learn all about marketing on our site. Technology Marketing discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Now It's Up To You

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

We are here to help Coalinga businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Coalinga, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Coalinga, California

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