January 15, 2021  
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  Delavan, Illinois Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Delavan, Illinois

Thinking about starting a business in Delavan, Illinois? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Delavan.

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before quitting your day job, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Delavan. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • Take a look at The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Delavan, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 279
5-9 Employees 90
10-19 Employees 54
20-49 Employees 18
50-99 Employees 9
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Delavan Businesses 450

As a new Delavan entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Delavan 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
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Janitorial Services 1
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Machine Shops 1
New Car Dealers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Lawyers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Savings Institutions 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Siding Contractors 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1

What About Buying an Existing Delavan Business?

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

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

Choosing a Company Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Delavan, it's very important that you make sure no other Illinois company is using the business name you want to use.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Illinois.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Getting your Delavan 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 Credit Evaluation.

For Delavan entrepreneurs who need startup capital, you'll want to take a look at our List of Illinois Angel Investors and our List of Illinois Venture Capital Firms.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

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

Given that you are starting a business in Delavan, Illinois, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Illinois universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Delavan networking organizations.

Next Steps

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Delavan and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Delavan 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 Delavan, Illinois

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Delavan.



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