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Start a Business in Fort Drum, New York

Are you starting a business in Fort Drum, New York? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Fort Drum.

What Business Are You Starting?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 an Ornamental Shrub & Tree Services Business guide or our Opening a Telephone & Television Cable Contractors Business guide.

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

Fort Drum, New York Demographic Information

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

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

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 Fort Drum Businesses

As a new Fort Drum entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Fort Drum 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
Credit Unions
Engineering Services
Food (Health) Supplement Stores
Hydroelectric Power Generation
Optical Goods Stores
Security Guards and Patrol Services
Travel Agencies
Used Car Dealers

What About Buying an Existing Fort Drum Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in New York. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Fort Drum.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Buying a Business.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Mistakes. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in New York.

Raising Money for Your Business

Raising money to fund your new Fort Drum business will be harder than you might expect. 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 raising capital, such as Business Credit Evaluation.

For Fort Drum entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, check out our List of New York Angel Investors and our List of New York Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Fort Drum customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your beating the competition.

We have some great resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Advertising in the Yellow Pages is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

The Art of Selling

Being able to sell is essential to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Fort Drum or are selling to customers throughout New York, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Compensating Sales People is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Fort Drum. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

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