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Start a Business in De Kalb, Mississippi

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Most new companies don't make it, in part because the business owner did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before you open a business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in De Kalb. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

De Kalb, Mississippi Demographic Information

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

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

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 De Kalb Businesses

As a new De Kalb entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in De Kalb 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
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Business Associations
Child Day Care Services
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners
Electric Power Distribution
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Stores
General Freight Trucking, Local
Home Centers
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Internet Service Providers
Landscaping Services
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Bank Holding Companies
Offices of Dentists
Periodical Publishers
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Sales Financing
Solid Waste Landfill
Support Activities for Forestry
Tax Preparation Services
Used Car Dealers
Veterinary Services
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Have You Considered Buying an Existing De Kalb Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Mississippi. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in De Kalb.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Forming a Company in De Kalb, Mississippi

It's very important that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will separate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Mississippi, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Mississippi. 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 may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in De Kalb, Mississippi, our information on Incorporating in Mississippi may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Mississippi.

Startup Financing Basics

Getting your De Kalb business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Business Line of Credit.

For De Kalb entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Mississippi Angel Investors and our List of Mississippi Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Startup

To grow your De Kalb business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your beating the competition.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Bus Bench Advertising Costs 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.

Bring in Revenues

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new De Kalb business to do well.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Cold Call Selling is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Next Steps

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help De Kalb businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new De Kalb entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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