June 3, 2020  
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  Colfax, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Colfax, Wisconsin

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

Colfax, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1344
5-9 Employees 456
10-19 Employees 264
20-49 Employees 120
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Colfax Businesses 2208

As a new Colfax entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Colfax 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
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 1
Bowling Centers 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Electrical Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 2
Full-Service Restaurants 1
General Automotive Repair 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 2
Interior Design Services 1
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Machine Shops 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
New Car Dealers 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Radio Stations 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Sawmills 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Solid Waste Collection 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Travel Agencies 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wood Preservation 1

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Colfax, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as How to Find Financing for Franchises. 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 Remedy Intelligent Staffing and Culver's. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Gift Items Franchises and Auto Sales Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Colfax Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Wisconsin. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Colfax.

If you are going to be buying a business, you may want to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Forming a Company in Colfax, Wisconsin

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

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 Wisconsin, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Wisconsin. In fact, you can 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. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as How to Incorporate. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Colfax, Wisconsin, our information on Incorporating in Wisconsin may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Wisconsin.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is critical to the health of your new business. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Reasons to Write a Business Plan. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Ramping Up Sales

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Colfax business, you need to focus on sales.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Anticipating Prospect Responses is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Moving Forward

As an entrepreneur in Colfax, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

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

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Colfax and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Colfax entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Colfax, Wisconsin

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