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Start a Business in Dunkirk, Indiana

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

Dunkirk, Indiana Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 432
5-9 Employees 84
10-19 Employees 108
20-49 Employees 60
50-99 Employees 0
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 12
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Dunkirk Businesses 696

As a new Dunkirk entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Dunkirk 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 Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Civic and Social Organizations 4
Computer and Software Stores 1
Credit Unions 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Full-Service Restaurants 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 2
Glass Container Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Jewelry Stores 1
New Car Dealers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Site Preparation Contractors 1

Is Buying an Existing Dunkirk Business a Good Strategy?

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

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

Forming a Company in Dunkirk, Indiana

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Without a legal structure for the business, you can be held personally liable for the actions, debts and obligations of your company.

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. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Indiana, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Indiana. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. 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 Nevada Incorporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Dunkirk, Indiana, our information on Incorporating in Indiana may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Indiana.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Dunkirk business the capital it needs to succeed is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.

For Dunkirk entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, you'll want to take a look at our List of Indiana Angel Investors and our List of Indiana Venture Capital Firms.

Promoting Your New Company

Whether your goal is to attract Dunkirk customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a solid marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Smart Branding is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

How to Sell

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

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Selling Products on eBay 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.

Moving Forward

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Dunkirk and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Dunkirk 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 Dunkirk, Indiana

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

 

 

Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs

Buying a Business

Writing a Business Plan

Raising Money

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Small Business Marketing

Advertising Advice

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Customer Service Tips

Entrepreneurial Selling

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