August 12, 2020  
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Start a Business in Eaton Rapids, Michigan

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? We recommend that you read Good Business Ideas.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Cash Cards Business guide or our Starting a Flour Mills Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Eaton Rapids. Some businesses will do better in Eaton Rapids than others. Don't forget to review Eaton Rapids demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Eaton Rapids, Michigan Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 420
5-9 Employees 132
10-19 Employees 78
20-49 Employees 36
50-99 Employees 12
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Eaton Rapids Businesses 693

As a new Eaton Rapids entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Eaton Rapids 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
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Beauty Salons 3
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Convenience Stores 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Engineering Services 2
Fine Arts Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 3
Full-Service Restaurants 3
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Homes for the Elderly 3
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Interior Design Services 1
Janitorial Services 2
Land Subdivision 3
Landscaping Services 5
Limited-Service Restaurants 7
Machine Shops 5
Masonry Contractors 2
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
New Car Dealers 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 2
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 4
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Residential Remodelers 4
Roofing Contractors 2
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Software Publishers 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Eaton Rapids Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Michigan. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Eaton Rapids.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Naming the Business

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.

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 planning on starting a business in Eaton Rapids, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Michigan business.

Marketing Your New Startup

Whether your goal is to attract Eaton Rapids customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your doing well.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Advertising on Buses 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.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, you should check out some of the many programs available at nearby Michigan universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Eaton Rapids entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Next Steps

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Eaton Rapids businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Eaton Rapids, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Eaton Rapids, Michigan

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

  • Resources for Eaton Rapids, Michigan Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Eaton Rapids entrepreneurs.
  • Michigan Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Michigan.
  • Michigan Small Business Development Center - This organization supports 12 regional offices and over 30 satellite offices, each providing counseling and training to Michigan small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the 83 counties in Michigan. Services to entrepreneurs are offered through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.



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