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Opening a Business in Ekalaka, Montana

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

Which Business to Choose?

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

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 Opening a Driveway & Parking Lot Blacktop Contractors Business guide or our How to Start a Ski Equipment Service & Repair Business guide.

Remember that you are opening your new business in Ekalaka. Some businesses will do better in Ekalaka than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Ekalaka demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Ekalaka, Montana Demographic Information

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

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

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 Ekalaka Businesses

As a new Ekalaka entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Ekalaka 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
Cemeteries and Crematories
Child Day Care Services
Credit Unions
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electric Power Distribution
Exterminating and Pest Control Services
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Janitorial Services
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Local Messengers and Local Delivery
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Lawyers
Residential Remodelers
Site Preparation Contractors
Veterinary Services
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Ekalaka, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as The Franchising Process. 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 Snap Fitness and Bogart Golf. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Travel and Leisure Franchises and Bath Remodeling Franchises.

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

Company Formation in Ekalaka, Montana

It's very important 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.

When forming a company, you will decide among many company types, such as 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. Just because you are starting a business in Montana, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Montana. As it turns out, 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's a lot to know about forming a company. To learn the fundamentals 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. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Ekalaka, Montana, our web page covering Incorporating in Montana may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Montana.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Expert Advice on Business Plans. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Montana.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

The best entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Ekalaka, Montana, you should check out some of the learning programs at local Montana educational institutions. You should also check if there are any Ekalaka networking organizations.

Next Steps

Most new Ekalaka businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Ekalaka and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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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