October 1, 2020  
 
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  Donaldsonville, Louisiana Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Contemplating starting a business in Donaldsonville, Louisiana? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Donaldsonville.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Good Business Ideas.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Vacuum Cleaning Contractor Business guide or our How to Start an Auto Accessories Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Don't forget that you are opening your new business in Donaldsonville. Some businesses will do better in Donaldsonville than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Donaldsonville demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Donaldsonville, Louisiana Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 267
5-9 Employees 147
10-19 Employees 69
20-49 Employees 36
50-99 Employees 12
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Donaldsonville Businesses 537

As a new Donaldsonville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Donaldsonville 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
Businesses
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Bottled Water Manufacturing 1
Business Associations 1
Caterers 1
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Consumer Lending 6
Convenience Stores 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fish and Seafood Markets 2
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 7
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Meat Markets 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Museums 1
Nail Salons 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 7
Offices of Optometrists 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Political Organizations 1
Retail Bakeries 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Shoe Stores 1
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Sugarcane Mills 2
Tax Preparation Services 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Tire Dealers 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 2

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

Visit the business district of Donaldsonville and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

Most business experts recommend that you consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Credit and Franchise Purchasing. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

A comprehensive list of franchisors is available via our List of Franchise Opportunities.

Sample franchise opportunities include Let's Eat! and Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising, LLC. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Embroidery Franchises and Meal Preparation Franchises.

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

Company Formation in Donaldsonville, Louisiana

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The main advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporation 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. Just because you are starting a business in Louisiana, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Louisiana. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. To learn the basics of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as C Corp Versus S Corp. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, our information on Incorporating in Louisiana may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Louisiana.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Louisiana.

Ramping Up Sales

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Donaldsonville or are selling to customers throughout Louisiana, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Compensating Sales People is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Never Give Up

You have a dream -- starting a business in Donaldsonville. 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.

We are here to help Donaldsonville businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Donaldsonville 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 Donaldsonville, Louisiana

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

 

 

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