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Opening a Business in Dodge Center, Minnesota

Contemplating starting a business in Dodge Center, Minnesota? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Dodge Center.

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Running your own business is demanding, and can be orders of magnitude more strenuous than working as an employee. Are you positive you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Dodge Center. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

What Business Are You Starting?

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.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Helicopter Tours Business guide or our How to Start a Stair Equipment Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new business will be in Dodge Center. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Dodge Center. Study Dodge Center demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Dodge Center, Minnesota Demographic Information

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

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

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 Dodge Center Businesses

As a new Dodge Center entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Dodge Center 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
Civic and Social Organizations
Community Food Services
Construction Machinery Manufacturing
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Facilities Support Services
Freight Transportation Arrangement
Full-Service Restaurants
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Graphic Design Services
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Janitorial Services
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Limited-Service Restaurants
Machine Shops
Masonry Contractors
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
Newspaper Publishers
Office Administrative Services
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Offices of Other Holding Companies
Political Organizations
Residential Remodelers
Rooming and Boarding Houses
Site Preparation Contractors
Temporary Help Services
Testing Laboratories
Used Merchandise Stores
Veterinary Services
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing

Naming the Company

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.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Dodge Center, it's critical that you ensure that no other Minnesota company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Dodge Center, Minnesota

It's essential that you form your business as a legal structure. 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 Minnesota, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Minnesota. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 Why Incorporate in Delaware. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Dodge Center, Minnesota, our information on Incorporating in Minnesota may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Minnesota.

Raising Capital for Your Startup

Getting your Dodge Center business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising money, such as Bank Credit Lines.

For Dodge Center entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, browse our List of Minnesota Angel Investors and our List of Minnesota Venture Capital Firms.

How to Sell

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

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Good Sales Strategies is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

What's Next?

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Dodge Center businesses to be successful. 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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