October 24, 2020  
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  Emeryville, California Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Emeryville, California

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

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Most new companies fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Before you move forward with starting a business, be sure to do these three things:

  • Reach out to other entrepreneurs in Emeryville. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • Peruse Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. This is one of our more popular articles for folks who want to go into business for themselves.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

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? If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 Starting a Llama & Alpaca Farms Business guide or our How to Start a Petroleum Consultants Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Emeryville. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Emeryville. Study Emeryville demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Emeryville, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1445
5-9 Employees 633
10-19 Employees 540
20-49 Employees 432
50-99 Employees 159
100-249 Employees 90
250-499 Employees 15
500-999 Employees 9
1000+ Employees 3
All Emeryville Businesses 3326

As a new Emeryville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Emeryville 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 19
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Beauty Salons 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 8
Book Publishers 5
Book Stores 2
Books Printing 1
Breakfast Cereal Manufacturing 1
Business Associations 4
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Car Washes 2
Carpet and Rug Mills 1
Caterers 7
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 11
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Claims Adjusting 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 8
Commercial Photography 1
Commercial Screen Printing 7
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 6
Computer Systems Design Services 10
Confectionery and Nut Stores 3
Consumer Lending 1
Convenience Stores 5
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 4
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 2
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Couriers 3
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 27
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 2
Digital Printing 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 2
Display Advertising 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 3
Educational Support Services 1
Electrical Contractors 10
Electronic Shopping 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 15
Environmental Consulting Services 7
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 7
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finfish Fishing 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 6
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Flooring Contractors 5
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 3
Food Service Contractors 2
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 28
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 3
Furniture Stores 8
General Automotive Repair 9
General Freight Trucking, Local 4
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 3
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Graphic Design Services 8
Greeting Card Publishers 1
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Centers 3
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 3
Home Health Care Services 3
Homes for the Elderly 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 9
Interior Design Services 1
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 4
Internet Service Providers 2
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 3
Iron and Steel Forging 1
Janitorial Services 4
Jewelry Stores 3
Junior Colleges 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 2
Landscaping Services 5
Language Schools 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 29
Linen Supply 1
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Machine Shops 4
Mail-Order Houses 2
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Markets 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Men's Clothing Stores 2
Miscellaneous Intermediation 4
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 7
Motion Picture and Video Production 3
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Museums 1
Music Publishers 1
Nail Salons 3
News Syndicates 1
Newspaper Publishers 4
Nonresidential Property Managers 4
Office Administrative Services 7
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 4
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 3
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 8
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 16
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 4
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 2
Packing and Crating 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Paper Industry Machinery Manufacturing 1
Parking Lots and Garages 5
Passenger Car Rental 1
Periodical Publishers 3
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 4
Political Organizations 1
Portfolio Management 2
Poultry Processing 1
Prepress Services 1
Professional Organizations 1
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 3
Real Estate Credit 5
Real Estate Investment Trusts 4
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 7
Retail Bakeries 2
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 2
Roofing Contractors 2
Rooming and Boarding Houses 2
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 2
Secondary Market Financing 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 3
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 7
Software Publishers 11
Sporting Goods Stores 4
Sports and Recreation Instruction 3
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Help Services 7
Testing Laboratories 3
Tire Dealers 1
Tour Operators 2
Tradebinding and Related Work 1
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 4
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 3
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Web Search Portals 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 9
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 4
Women's Clothing Stores 8
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Emeryville, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. So, it probably makes sense for you to consider franchising too.

Our recommendation is that you 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.

Representative franchise opportunities include ABS Systems and Indigo Joe's Pub & Restaurant. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Blind Repair and Sales Franchises and Family Restaurant Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Emeryville Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in California. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Emeryville.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Picking a Business Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

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 Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in Emeryville, it's imperative that you check now that no other California company is using the business name you want to use.

Promoting Your New Company

To rise above the crowd in Emeryville and accelerate your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Conducting Sweepstakes and Contests discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

What's Next?

Most new Emeryville 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 Emeryville 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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