January 14, 2021  
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  Cottonwood, Minnesota Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Cottonwood, Minnesota

Need help starting a business in Cottonwood, Minnesota? We've got the information you need to open a business in Cottonwood.

Cottonwood, Minnesota Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 768
5-9 Employees 144
10-19 Employees 96
20-49 Employees 72
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 24
250-499 Employees 24
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Cottonwood Businesses 1152

As a new Cottonwood entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Cottonwood 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
Beauty Salons 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Claims Adjusting 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
General Automotive Repair 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

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

Most business experts recommend that you look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Questions to Ask Franchisors. 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 SealMaster Industries and Vino 100. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Soccer Franchises and Bakery Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Cottonwood Business?

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

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

Selecting a Name For Your Venture

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Cottonwood, it's critical that you ensure that your company name has not already been claimed by another Minnesota business.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Expert Advice on Business Plans. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Minnesota.

Marketing Your New Venture

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

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Business Cards is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good business owners know that they don't know everything.

Given that you are starting a business in Cottonwood, Minnesota, you should check out some of the many programs available at nearby Minnesota universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking organizations for Cottonwood entrepreneurs.

What's Next?

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Cottonwood and throughout the United States . 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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