August 3, 2020  
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Starting a Business in East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Most startup companies don't make it, in part because the founder did not have the tenacity and/or the skills to succeed. So, before you start your 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:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in East Grand Forks. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • Take a look at Business Failure. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Which Business to Choose?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read How to Evaluate a Business Idea.

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 How to Start a Health Food Store guide or our How to Start a Truck Rental Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in East Grand Forks. Some businesses will do better in East Grand Forks than others. A critical consideration is whether East Grand Forks demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

East Grand Forks, Minnesota Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 313
5-9 Employees 156
10-19 Employees 90
20-49 Employees 78
50-99 Employees 27
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All East Grand Forks Businesses 676

As a new East Grand Forks entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in East Grand Forks 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 1
Beauty Salons 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Beet Sugar Manufacturing 1
Bowling Centers 1
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Business Associations 2
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Cement Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Community Food Services 1
Dental Laboratories 2
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Engineering Services 1
Facilities Support Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 4
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Florists 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 7
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 3
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 10
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Janitorial Services 2
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscaping Services 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Machine Shops 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 5
Offices of Lawyers 6
Offices of Optometrists 1
Optical Goods Stores 1
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Quick Printing 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tire Dealers 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around East Grand Forks, it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

Most business experts recommend that you investigate buying a franchise. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Multi-Unit Franchising. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Super Clean Yacht Service Franchising, Inc. and McGhin's Southern Pit Bar-B-Que. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Blind Repair and Sales Franchises and Family Restaurant Franchises.

Note on East Grand Forks Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in East Grand Forks.

What About Buying an Existing East Grand Forks Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Minnesota. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in East Grand Forks.

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

Naming the Business

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

Even if the name doesn't do it by itself, many naming experts believe there should be a story behind the name that ties into your company mission.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in East Grand Forks, it's imperative that you check now that no other Minnesota company is using the business name you want to use.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is critical to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Presentations. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Minnesota.

Next Steps

Most new East Grand Forks businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

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 East Grand Forks and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new East Grand Forks entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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