January 15, 2021  
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  Crossville, Tennessee Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Crossville, Tennessee

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

Are You Ready for the Challenges of Being an Entrepreneur?

Before you get too far along in the process, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Before you move forward with starting a business, be sure to do these three things:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Crossville. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Free Business Ideas.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Language Training Aids Business guide or our Starting a Public School guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Crossville. Some businesses will do better in Crossville than others. Don't forget to review Crossville demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Crossville, Tennessee Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 5001
5-9 Employees 2160
10-19 Employees 1008
20-49 Employees 576
50-99 Employees 180
100-249 Employees 126
250-499 Employees 72
500-999 Employees 9
1000+ Employees 9
All Crossville Businesses 9141

As a new Crossville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Crossville 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
Ambulance Services 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 2
Architectural Services 2
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 7
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 7
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 1
Book Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 2
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Cafeterias 3
Car Washes 3
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child Day Care Services 14
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 4
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Computer and Software Stores 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 2
Consumer Lending 10
Convenience Stores 4
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 2
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Display Advertising 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 4
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 9
Electronic Shopping 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 3
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Engineering Services 3
Environmental Consulting Services 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 4
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 4
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 4
Floor Covering Stores 3
Florists 4
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 4
Food Service Contractors 2
Framing Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 3
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 2
Full-Service Restaurants 35
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Stores 6
General Automotive Repair 5
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 8
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Home Centers 3
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 2
Home Health Care Services 3
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 2
Household Appliance Stores 3
Industrial Launderers 2
Industrial Sand Mining 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 15
Iron and Steel Forging 1
Janitorial Services 5
Jewelry Stores 4
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 2
Landscape Architectural Services 2
Landscaping Services 7
Limited-Service Restaurants 27
Locksmiths 1
Logging 3
Machine Shops 1
Mail-Order Houses 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 4
Masonry Contractors 4
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 4
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 5
New Housing Operative Builders 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 5
Offices of Chiropractors 5
Offices of Dentists 13
Offices of Lawyers 18
Offices of Optometrists 3
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 3
Optical Goods Stores 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Periodical Publishers 2
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 8
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Professional Organizations 1
Public Relations Agencies 2
Quick Printing 1
Racetracks 1
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 1
Real Estate Credit 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 3
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 3
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 4
Security Guards and Patrol Services 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 9
Siding Contractors 2
Site Preparation Contractors 8
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 5
Software Reproducing 1
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 2
Sporting Goods Stores 4
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Temporary Help Services 1
Temporary Shelters 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 2
Tire Dealers 5
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Agencies 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 3
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Vending Machine Operators 2
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3
Women's Clothing Stores 7
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Getting Money to Start a Business

Raising money to fund your new Crossville business is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Getting a Small Business Loan.

For Crossville entrepreneurs who need startup capital, check out our List of Tennessee Angel Investors and our List of Tennessee Venture Capital Firms.

Promoting Your New Company

To rise above the crowd in Crossville and build your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Typical Direct Mail Response Rates is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

The best entrepreneurs recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

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

Never Give Up

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Crossville, Tennessee

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