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Open a Business in Elkton, Kentucky

Need help starting a business in Elkton, Kentucky? We've got the information you need to open a business in Elkton.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Most new ventures do not succeed, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary 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:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Elkton. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Which Business to Choose?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Starting a Concrete Grinding & Finishing Business guide or our Starting a Truck Equipment, Parts, & Accessories Retail Business guide.

Don't forget that you are starting a business in Elkton. Some businesses will do better in Elkton than others. Study Elkton demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Elkton, Kentucky Demographic Information

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

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

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 Elkton Businesses

As a new Elkton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Elkton 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
Automobile Manufacturing
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Beauty Salons
Business Associations
Car Washes
Carpet and Rug Mills
Child Day Care Services
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining
Electric Power Distribution
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Hardware Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
New Car Dealers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Bank Holding Companies
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Radio Networks
Real Estate Credit
Savings Institutions
Sports and Recreation Instruction
Tobacco Stores
Used Merchandise Stores
Veterinary Services
Video Tape and Disc Rental

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Reasons to Write a Business Plan. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Kentucky.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Elkton business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

Take advantage of our many articles on finding startup capital, such as Business Credit Evaluation.

For Elkton entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, browse our List of Kentucky Angel Investors and our List of Kentucky Venture Capital Firms.

Ramping Up Sales

Mastering the art of selling is a must if you want your new Elkton business to do well.

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Hiring Telemarketing Firms to Generate Sales Leads 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.

Now It's Up To You

Most new Elkton 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 Elkton 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.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Elkton, Kentucky

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

  • Resources for Elkton, Kentucky Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Elkton entrepreneurs.
  • Kentucky Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Small Business Development Center - The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) has been assisting Kentucky small business community for more than 25 years. KSBDC is co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is administered by the University of Kentucky in partnership with regional universities, community and private colleges, and the private sector.

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