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Opening a Business in El Paso, Illinois

Contemplating starting a business in El Paso, Illinois? We walk you through the process of opening a business in El Paso.

El Paso, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

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 El Paso Businesses

As a new El Paso entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in El Paso 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
Ambulance Services
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Beauty Salons
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Boat Dealers
Business Associations
Child and Youth Services
Child Day Care Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Commercial Lithographic Printing
Direct Life Insurance Carriers
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Floor Covering Stores
Flooring Contractors
Framing Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Stores
General Freight Trucking, Local
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Graphic Design Services
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Janitorial Services
Landscaping Services
Masonry Contractors
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Roofing Contractors
Veterinary Services
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing

What About Franchising Opportunities?

As you drive around El Paso, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Understanding Franchise Contracts. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include NAPA Auto Parts and Management Recruiters International, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Bookstore Franchises and Deli Restaurant Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing El Paso Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Illinois. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in El Paso.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Forming a Company in El Paso, Illinois

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating 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. If you are starting a business in Illinois, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Illinois. As it turns out, 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 Subchapter S Corporations. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in El Paso, Illinois, our information on Incorporating in Illinois may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Illinois.

Marketing Your New Startup

To rise above the crowd in El Paso and build your business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your business achieving its goals.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Marketing Versus Sales is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

The Art of Selling

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new El Paso business, you need to focus on sales.

The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Cold Call Selling 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.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good business owners recognize that they don't know everything.

As an entrepreneur who lives in El Paso, Illinois, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Illinois educational institutions. It's also beneficial to see if there are any El Paso networking organizations.

Now It's Up To You

As an entrepreneur in El Paso, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help El Paso businesses to be successful. 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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