February 22, 2020  
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  El Paso, Texas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in El Paso, Texas

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

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Free Business Ideas.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Jewelers' Equipment & Supplies Business guide or our Starting a Surgeons Practice guide.

Remember that your new startup will be located in El Paso. If El Paso already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Study El Paso demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

El Paso, Texas 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 37098
5-9 Employees 15922
10-19 Employees 9774
20-49 Employees 6816
50-99 Employees 2436
100-249 Employees 1146
250-499 Employees 342
500-999 Employees 126
1000+ Employees 66
All El Paso Businesses 73726

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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 23
Aluminum Extruded Product Manufacturing 1
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Ambulance Services 3
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 5
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 6
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 38
Armored Car Services 3
Art Dealers 4
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automobile Driving Schools 4
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 7
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 11
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 107
Automotive Transmission Repair 19
Baked Goods Stores 2
Barber Shops 9
Beauty Salons 136
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 5
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 36
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Blood and Organ Banks 6
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 1
Book Publishers 3
Book Stores 19
Books Printing 1
Bottled Water Manufacturing 1
Bowling Centers 4
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 2
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 4
Broom, Brush, and Mop Manufacturing 1
Building Inspection Services 4
Burial Casket Manufacturing 1
Business and Secretarial Schools 4
Business Associations 15
Business to Business Electronic Markets 3
Cable and Other Program Distribution 5
Cafeterias 25
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 2
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 27
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 19
Caterers 10
Cement Manufacturing 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 6
Charter Bus Industry 2
Child and Youth Services 13
Child Day Care Services 136
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 17
Civic and Social Organizations 58
Claims Adjusting 10
Clay Refractory Manufacturing 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 20
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 14
Collection Agencies 23
Commercial Bakeries 5
Commercial Flexographic Printing 8
Commercial Lithographic Printing 25
Commercial Photography 3
Commercial Screen Printing 4
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Commodity Contracts Dealing 3
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 22
Computer Facilities Management Services 3
Computer Systems Design Services 39
Computer Training 6
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 3
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 2
Confectionery and Nut Stores 6
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 8
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 7
Consumer Lending 85
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 3
Convenience Stores 42
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 5
Copper Rolling, Drawing, and Extruding 1
Copper Wire (except Mechanical) Drawing 4
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 4
Couriers 26
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 7
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 33
Curtain and Drapery Mills 4
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 27
Dental Laboratories 10
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 18
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 2
Digital Printing 4
Dimension Stone Mining and Quarrying 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 11
Direct Mail Advertising 2
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 12
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Discount Department Stores 12
Display Advertising 5
Document Preparation Services 13
Drafting Services 3
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 141
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 16
Educational Support Services 5
Electric Power Distribution 11
Electrical Contractors 83
Electronic Computer Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 6
Elementary and Secondary Schools 27
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Employment Placement Agencies 13
Engineering Services 88
Environmental Consulting Services 15
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 4
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 30
Facilities Support Services 9
Family Clothing Stores 73
Family Planning Centers 11
Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders 1
Farm Management Services 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 6
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 1
Fine Arts Schools 11
Finish Carpentry Contractors 21
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 46
Flight Training 4
Floor Covering Stores 18
Flooring Contractors 10
Florists 39
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 2
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 3
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 19
Food Service Contractors 13
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 6
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 6
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 5
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Framing Contractors 14
Freight Transportation Arrangement 102
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 1
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 8
Full-Service Restaurants 394
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 17
Fur and Leather Apparel Manufacturing 1
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 13
Furniture Stores 63
General Automotive Repair 142
General Freight Trucking, Local 78
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10
General Rental Centers 10
General Warehousing and Storage 54
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 61
Glass and Glazing Contractors 13
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 9
Grantmaking Foundations 12
Graphic Design Services 10
Gum and Wood Chemical Manufacturing 1
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 4
Hardware Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 20
Hardware Stores 16
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 2
Historical Sites 1
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 12
Home Centers 7
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 11
Home Health Care Services 70
Home Health Equipment Rental 6
Homes for the Elderly 20
Household Appliance Stores 17
Household Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturing 2
Human Rights Organizations 5
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 5
Industrial Design Services 1
Industrial Launderers 3
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 9
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 238
Interior Design Services 14
International Trade Financing 3
Internet Service Providers 9
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 5
Investigation Services 7
Investment Advice 11
Janitorial Services 77
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 4
Jewelry Stores 56
Junior Colleges 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 12
Land Subdivision 27
Landscape Architectural Services 3
Landscaping Services 53
Language Schools 5
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 16
Libraries and Archives 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 384
Limousine Service 3
Linen Supply 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 2
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 17
Locksmiths 6
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 3
Luggage Manufacturing 2
Machine Shops 29
Mail-Order Houses 5
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 10
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 7
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 15
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Markets 13
Meat Processed from Carcasses 3
Media Buying Agencies 1
Media Representatives 4
Medical Laboratories 22
Men's Clothing Stores 21
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 2
Metal Stamping 5
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 2
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 12
Mobile Food Services 1
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 22
Motion Picture and Video Production 3
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 21
Motorcycle Dealers 7
Museums 6
Musical Groups and Artists 5
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 7
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 4
Natural Gas Distribution 4
New Car Dealers 34
New Housing Operative Builders 18
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 4
Nonresidential Property Managers 36
Nursing Care Facilities 14
Office Administrative Services 58
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 19
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 16
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 86
Offices of Chiropractors 39
Offices of Dentists 130
Offices of Lawyers 312
Offices of Optometrists 29
Offices of Other Holding Companies 14
Offices of Podiatrists 14
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 21
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 2
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4
Optical Goods Stores 25
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Outerwear Knitting Mills 1
Packaging and Labeling Services 2
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 2
Paging 3
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 17
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 38
Parking Lots and Garages 31
Passenger Car Rental 19
Payroll Services 7
Periodical Publishers 6
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 6
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 7
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 10
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 7
Petroleum Refineries 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 51
Photography Studios, Portrait 32
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 5
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 8
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 2
Political Organizations 5
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 6
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 3
Prepress Services 3
Primary Smelting and Refining of Copper 1
Printing Ink Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 15
Professional Employer Organizations 12
Professional Organizations 10
Public Relations Agencies 4
Quick Printing 18
Racetracks 1
Radio Networks 3
Radio Stations 16
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 12
Real Estate Credit 44
Real Estate Investment Trusts 1
Record Production 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 3
Remediation Services 3
Repossession Services 3
Residential Property Managers 53
Residential Remodelers 60
Retail Bakeries 24
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 8
Roofing Contractors 31
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Sales Financing 5
Satellite Telecommunications 1
Savings Institutions 3
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 7
Securities Brokerage 22
Security Guards and Patrol Services 25
Septic Tank and Related Services 6
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 3
Ship Building and Repairing 1
Shoe Stores 95
Siding Contractors 4
Sign Manufacturing 9
Silverware and Hollowware Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 11
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 53
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 2
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 4
Solid Waste Collection 7
Solid Waste Landfill 2
Sound Recording Studios 2
Special Needs Transportation 1
Specialty Canning 1
Sporting Goods Stores 40
Sports and Recreation Instruction 15
Sports Teams and Clubs 2
Spring (Light Gauge) Manufacturing 3
Tax Preparation Services 88
Taxi Service 4
Telecommunications Resellers 5
Telemarketing Bureaus 6
Telephone Answering Services 4
Television Broadcasting 8
Temporary Help Services 51
Temporary Shelters 10
Testing Laboratories 7
Textile Bag Mills 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 12
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 4
Tire Dealers 41
Tire Retreading 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Tobacco Stores 8
Tortilla Manufacturing 8
Tour Operators 4
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 11
Truss Manufacturing 1
Uranium-Radium-Vanadium Ore Mining 1
Used Car Dealers 79
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 22
Used Merchandise Stores 29
Vending Machine Operators 8
Veterinary Services 32
Video Tape and Disc Rental 40
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 16
Voluntary Health Organizations 12
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 10
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wet Corn Milling 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 72
Window Treatment Stores 4
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 46
Women's Clothing Stores 101
Women's Handbag and Purse Manufacturing 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 6
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 4

Is Franchising a Better Option?

Visit the business district of El Paso and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

Our recommendation is that you look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising Mistakes. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

A comprehensive list of franchisors is available via our List of Franchise Opportunities.

Sample franchise opportunities include A-Pro Home Inspection Services and FocalPoint International, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Health and Diet Franchises and Ice Cream 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.

Startup Financing Basics

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your El Paso business will be harder than you might expect. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

Recognizing this challenge, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Realistic Debt Financing Options.

For El Paso entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Texas Angel Investors and our List of Texas Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

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

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Effective Direct Mail Campaigns 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.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

Good entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in El Paso, Texas, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Texas universities, colleges and community colleges. We also suggest you look into El Paso networking organizations.

Interviews With El Paso Entrepreneurs

Here, we'll keep a running list of interviews we've had with El Paso entrepreneurs.

Next Steps

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in El Paso and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new El Paso entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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