January 25, 2021  
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  Fort Collins, Colorado Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Fort Collins, Colorado

Need help starting a business in Fort Collins, Colorado? We've got the information you need to open a business in Fort Collins.

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at 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 Opening an Engines Rebuilding, Service, & Repair Business guide or our Starting a Railroad Equipment Inspection & Repair Business guide.

Don't forget that you are starting a business in Fort Collins. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Fort Collins. Make sure you fully understand Fort Collins demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Fort Collins, Colorado Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 9096
5-9 Employees 3046
10-19 Employees 2151
20-49 Employees 1401
50-99 Employees 450
100-249 Employees 219
250-499 Employees 9
500-999 Employees 21
1000+ Employees 9
All Fort Collins Businesses 16402

As a new Fort Collins entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Fort Collins 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 11
Amusement Arcades 2
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 4
Architectural Services 26
Armored Car Services 1
Art Dealers 3
Automobile Driving Schools 3
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 6
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 16
Automotive Transmission Repair 5
Baked Goods Stores 1
Barber Shops 2
Beauty Salons 61
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 40
Boat Dealers 2
Book Publishers 5
Book Stores 8
Bowling Centers 1
Breweries 3
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 10
Cable and Other Program Distribution 4
Cafeterias 8
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 4
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 11
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 14
Caterers 8
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Charter Bus Industry 3
Cheese Manufacturing 2
Child and Youth Services 9
Child Day Care Services 64
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 7
Civic and Social Organizations 17
Claims Adjusting 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 3
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 4
Collection Agencies 5
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Flexographic Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 7
Commercial Photography 1
Commercial Screen Printing 8
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 7
Computer Facilities Management Services 6
Computer Systems Design Services 55
Computer Training 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 3
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 7
Convenience Stores 3
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 1
Copper Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 2
Couriers 5
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 3
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 4
Custom Computer Programming Services 66
Dance Companies 1
Dental Laboratories 3
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 4
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 6
Digital Printing 3
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 3
Direct Mail Advertising 4
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 7
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 3
Discount Department Stores 4
Display Advertising 2
Document Preparation Services 5
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 26
Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 26
Educational Support Services 5
Electric Power Distribution 3
Electrical Contractors 53
Electronic Auctions 1
Electronic Shopping 17
Elementary and Secondary Schools 8
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Employment Placement Agencies 9
Engineering Services 97
Environmental Consulting Services 26
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 2
Facilities Support Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 15
Family Planning Centers 5
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5
Fiber Optic Cable Manufacturing 1
Fine Arts Schools 12
Finfish Fishing 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 38
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 28
Flight Training 2
Floor Covering Stores 11
Flooring Contractors 15
Florists 11
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 7
Food Service Contractors 11
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 2
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Framing Contractors 29
Freight Transportation Arrangement 5
Full-Service Restaurants 127
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 5
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 25
General Automotive Repair 53
General Freight Trucking, Local 6
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 5
General Warehousing and Storage 5
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 17
Glass and Glazing Contractors 5
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 6
Grantmaking Foundations 9
Graphic Design Services 21
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 5
Hardware Stores 6
Historical Sites 2
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 11
Home Centers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 4
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Homes for the Elderly 7
Household Appliance Stores 6
Human Rights Organizations 2
Industrial Design Services 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 109
Interior Design Services 13
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 4
Internet Service Providers 3
Investigation Services 3
Investment Advice 19
Janitorial Services 40
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 19
Junior Colleges 2
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 9
Landscape Architectural Services 15
Landscaping Services 89
Language Schools 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 13
Limited-Service Restaurants 154
Limousine Service 2
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 3
Locksmiths 2
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Machine Shops 11
Mail-Order Houses 3
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 3
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 22
Masonry Contractors 18
Materials Recovery Facilities 2
Meat Markets 1
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 2
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 3
Miscellaneous Intermediation 6
Mobile Food Services 4
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 32
Motion Picture and Video Production 3
Motor Vehicle Towing 2
Motorcycle Dealers 8
Museums 2
Musical Groups and Artists 3
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 5
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 3
New Car Dealers 11
New Housing Operative Builders 15
Newspaper Publishers 4
Nonresidential Property Managers 10
Nursing Care Facilities 10
Office Administrative Services 9
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 6
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 6
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 64
Offices of Chiropractors 52
Offices of Dentists 106
Offices of Lawyers 104
Offices of Optometrists 20
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Offices of Podiatrists 8
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 20
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Optical Goods Stores 7
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 6
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 40
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Passenger Car Rental 7
Payroll Services 5
Periodical Publishers 11
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 9
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 14
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 16
Photography Studios, Portrait 18
Political Organizations 1
Portfolio Management 8
Poultry Processing 1
Prepress Services 1
Private Mail Centers 9
Professional Employer Organizations 2
Professional Organizations 8
Public Relations Agencies 2
Quick Printing 7
Racetracks 1
Radio Stations 10
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 25
Real Estate Investment Trusts 1
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 3
Remediation Services 3
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 42
Residential Remodelers 47
Retail Bakeries 2
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 4
Roofing Contractors 17
Rooming and Boarding Houses 9
Sales Financing 2
Savings Institutions 10
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 36
Security Guards and Patrol Services 5
Semiconductor Machinery Manufacturing 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 17
Siding Contractors 7
Sign Manufacturing 11
Site Preparation Contractors 14
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 50
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 14
Solid Waste Collection 5
Solid Waste Combustors and Incinerators 1
Sound Recording Studios 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 43
Sports and Recreation Instruction 14
Sports Teams and Clubs 2
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Surface Active Agent Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 18
Telecommunications Resellers 4
Telemarketing Bureaus 4
Telephone Answering Services 2
Temporary Help Services 30
Temporary Shelters 2
Testing Laboratories 8
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 4
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 4
Tire Dealers 11
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 5
Tobacco Stores 4
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 7
Travel Agencies 17
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 14
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 7
Used Merchandise Stores 15
Vending Machine Operators 2
Veterinary Services 46
Video Tape and Disc Rental 7
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 8
Voluntary Health Organizations 6
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 2
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 28
Window Treatment Stores 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 9
Women's Clothing Stores 21
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Wood Preservation 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 5

Have You Considered Franchising?

Examine a list of Fort Collins businesses and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising Scams. 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.

Representative franchise opportunities include Sizzler USA and Ziebart. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Consulting Franchises and Health Franchises.

Note on Fort Collins Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Fort Collins, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Naming the Company

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Fort Collins, it's imperative that you check now that no other Colorado company is using the business name you want to use.

Marketing Your New Business

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

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Comparing Advertising to PR 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.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

The best business owners recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Fort Collins, Colorado, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Colorado universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Fort Collins entrepreneurs.

Some Interesting Fort Collins Entrepreneurs

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

Never Give Up

Most new Fort Collins businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

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

We are here to help Fort Collins businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Fort Collins, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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