January 15, 2021  
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  Fort Benton, Montana Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Fort Benton, Montana

Thinking about starting a business in Fort Benton, Montana? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Fort Benton.

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? To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Free Business Ideas.

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 How to Start a Gun Cases Business guide or our Starting a Nutrition Centers Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in Fort Benton. Some businesses will do better in Fort Benton than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Fort Benton demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Fort Benton, Montana Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 216
5-9 Employees 60
10-19 Employees 30
20-49 Employees 6
50-99 Employees 3
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Fort Benton Businesses 315

As a new Fort Benton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Fort Benton 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 2
Business Associations 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Couriers 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 6
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Family Clothing Stores 1
Farm Management Services 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Machine Shops 1
Museums 1
New Car Dealers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Optometrists 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Support Activities for Forestry 2
Tire Dealers 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Fort Benton Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Montana. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Fort Benton.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Choosing a Company Name

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

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.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are planning on starting a business in Fort Benton, it's critical that you ensure that no Montana company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Company Formation in Fort Benton, Montana

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The main advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

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. Just because you are starting a business in Montana, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Montana. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Dissolving a Corporation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Fort Benton, Montana, our web page covering Incorporating in Montana may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Montana.

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is essential to the health of your new business. 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 Free Business Plan Templates. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Montana.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Fort Benton customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a great marketing plan.

You can learn a ton about marketing on our site. Seven Marketing Ideas for Your Small Business is an article that will generate 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.

Never Give Up

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Fort Benton and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Fort Benton, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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