January 15, 2021  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Oklahoma Entrepreneurs  
  Enid, Oklahoma Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Enid, Oklahoma

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

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Most startup businesses fail, in part because the founder did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Enid. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Which Business to Choose?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Good Business Ideas.

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 How to Start a Condiments & Sauces Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide or our Starting an Intercom Systems & Service Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Enid. Some businesses will do better in Enid than others. A critical consideration is whether Enid demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Enid, Oklahoma Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2386
5-9 Employees 1047
10-19 Employees 611
20-49 Employees 396
50-99 Employees 147
100-249 Employees 51
250-499 Employees 9
500-999 Employees 15
1000+ Employees 0
All Enid Businesses 4662

As a new Enid entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Enid 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
Ambulance Services 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 6
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 2
Architectural Services 2
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 13
Automotive Transmission Repair 4
Baked Goods Stores 2
Beauty Salons 12
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 9
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Boat Dealers 1
Book Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 1
Business Associations 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 3
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 4
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 12
Civic and Social Organizations 11
Claims Adjusting 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 4
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 4
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 2
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Consumer Lending 12
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2
Convenience Stores 10
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Couriers 5
Credit Unions 3
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Display Advertising 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 7
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 11
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 14
Elementary and Secondary Schools 5
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Employment Placement Agencies 3
Engineering Services 6
Environmental Consulting Services 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 4
Facilities Support Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 9
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 7
Flight Training 3
Floor Covering Stores 6
Flooring Contractors 4
Florists 3
Flour Milling 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 3
Framing Contractors 1
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 33
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 2
Furniture Stores 3
General Automotive Repair 13
General Freight Trucking, Local 6
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 2
General Warehousing and Storage 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 9
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 3
Grantmaking Foundations 3
Hardware Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Centers 1
Home Health Care Services 5
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Homes for the Elderly 3
Household Appliance Stores 3
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 3
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 35
Interior Design Services 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 2
Janitorial Services 8
Jewelry Stores 5
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 5
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 37
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Locksmiths 1
Machine Shops 6
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 3
Meat Markets 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 4
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 2
Museums 1
Musical Groups and Artists 2
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 2
Nail Salons 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 6
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 3
Nursing Care Facilities 9
Office Administrative Services 3
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Machinery Manufacturing 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 4
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 13
Offices of Chiropractors 6
Offices of Dentists 24
Offices of Lawyers 40
Offices of Optometrists 8
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Optical Goods Stores 5
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paging 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 4
Passenger Car Rental 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 7
Photography Studios, Portrait 4
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Portfolio Management 3
Private Mail Centers 1
Professional Organizations 2
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 1
Racetracks 1
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 8
Roofing Contractors 6
Savings Institutions 3
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 2
Securities Brokerage 10
Security Guards and Patrol Services 3
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Shoe Stores 7
Siding Contractors 2
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Small Arms Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 7
Sporting Goods Stores 9
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Steel Foundries (except Investment) 1
Tax Preparation Services 3
Telemarketing Bureaus 2
Telephone Answering Services 2
Temporary Help Services 2
Temporary Shelters 2
Testing Laboratories 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 4
Tire Dealers 4
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 4
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Agencies 3
Truck Trailer Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 6
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 5
Used Merchandise Stores 3
Vending Machine Operators 2
Veterinary Services 8
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 8
Women's Clothing Stores 7
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is critical in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, 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 Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Oklahoma.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Enid business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Business Line of Credit.

For Enid entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Oklahoma Angel Investors and our List of Oklahoma Venture Capital Firms.

Getting the Word Out About Your New Startup

To grow your Enid business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Advertising on Google 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 Enid 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 Enid and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Enid, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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