January 24, 2021  
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  Gardena, California Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Gardena, California

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

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Being an entrepreneur is hard work, much harder than working as an employee. Are you positive you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

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 Gardena. 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.

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 How to Evaluate a Business Idea.

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 Opening a Private Investigator School guide or our Opening a Water Softening & Conditioning Equipment & Supplies Rental Business guide.

Don't forget that starting a business in Gardena has some implications. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Gardena. Make sure you fully understand Gardena demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Gardena, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 8378
5-9 Employees 3502
10-19 Employees 2524
20-49 Employees 2052
50-99 Employees 714
100-249 Employees 480
250-499 Employees 102
500-999 Employees 54
1000+ Employees 18
All Gardena Businesses 17824

As a new Gardena entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Gardena 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 2
Advertising Agencies 2
Aircraft Manufacturing 2
Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries 3
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 2
Ambulance Services 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 2
Architectural Services 3
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 2
Automatic Vending Machine Manufacturing 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 8
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 30
Automotive Transmission Repair 7
Baked Goods Stores 3
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 10
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 13
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 2
Books Printing 1
Bowling Centers 1
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 4
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 2
Broom, Brush, and Mop Manufacturing 1
Business Associations 2
Business to Business Electronic Markets 3
Cafeterias 3
Canvas and Related Product Mills 4
Car Washes 6
Carpet and Rug Mills 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Charter Bus Industry 4
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 23
Civic and Social Organizations 6
Claims Adjusting 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 12
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Flexographic Printing 2
Commercial Gravure Printing 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 17
Commercial Screen Printing 10
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Systems Design Services 6
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 2
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 3
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2
Convenience Stores 5
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 2
Copper Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Couriers 8
Credit Unions 2
Curtain and Drapery Mills 2
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 7
Custom Roll Forming 2
Deep Sea Freight Transportation 1
Dental Laboratories 9
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Digital Printing 1
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Doll and Stuffed Toy Manufacturing 1
Dried and Dehydrated Food Manufacturing 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 14
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 3
Electrical Contractors 23
Electronic Auctions 2
Electronic Computer Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 9
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 5
Engineering Services 22
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 6
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 1
Fiber Optic Cable Manufacturing 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 9
Fish and Seafood Markets 2
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 4
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Floor Covering Stores 4
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 4
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 3
Food Service Contractors 2
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 7
Framing Contractors 2
Freight Transportation Arrangement 61
Fresh and Frozen Seafood Processing 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 87
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 9
Furniture Stores 14
General Automotive Repair 52
General Freight Trucking, Local 26
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 2
General Warehousing and Storage 10
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 6
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 9
Gypsum Product Manufacturing 1
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 4
Hardware Manufacturing 5
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 6
Hardware Stores 2
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 10
Home Health Care Services 7
Homes for the Elderly 3
Household Appliance Stores 1
Industrial Design Services 2
Industrial Launderers 2
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 7
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Inorganic Dye and Pigment Manufacturing 1
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 18
Interior Design Services 4
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 2
Investment Advice 2
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 14
Jewelry Stores 2
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Landscaping Services 16
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 7
Limited-Service Restaurants 84
Limousine Service 4
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 7
Locksmiths 2
Machine Shops 65
Mail-Order Houses 1
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Marketing Consulting Services 4
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 4
Materials Recovery Facilities 2
Mattress Manufacturing 2
Meat Markets 3
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Men's Clothing Stores 2
Metal Heat Treating 2
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 3
Metal Stamping 7
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Mixed Mode Transit Systems 1
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 3
Motion Picture and Video Production 2
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 2
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 3
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 9
Narrow Fabric Mills 2
New Car Dealers 4
New Housing Operative Builders 2
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 4
Nursing Care Facilities 6
Office Administrative Services 9
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 5
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 3
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 16
Offices of Chiropractors 5
Offices of Dentists 45
Offices of Lawyers 6
Offices of Optometrists 9
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 2
Outerwear Knitting Mills 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 4
Packing and Crating 3
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 5
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 7
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Paperboard Mills 1
Parking Lots and Garages 5
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Passenger Car Rental 3
Payroll Services 2
Pen and Mechanical Pencil Manufacturing 2
Periodical Publishers 1
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 2
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 10
Phosphatic Fertilizer Manufacturing 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Political Organizations 1
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 2
Portfolio Management 2
Powder Metallurgy Part Manufacturing 1
Power-Driven Handtool Manufacturing 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 7
Prepress Services 2
Printing Ink Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 3
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 1
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 6
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 6
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Reinsurance Carriers 1
Remediation Services 1
Repossession Services 2
Residential Property Managers 6
Residential Remodelers 9
Retail Bakeries 4
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 2
Roofing Contractors 11
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Savings Institutions 6
Sawmills 1
Scheduled Freight Air Transportation 1
Schiffli Machine Embroidery 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Seafood Canning 1
Securities Brokerage 4
Security Guards and Patrol Services 5
Setup Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 13
Shoe Stores 2
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 7
Site Preparation Contractors 9
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 22
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 4
Software Publishers 4
Solid Waste Collection 6
Sound Recording Studios 1
Special Needs Transportation 5
Sporting Goods Stores 4
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Spring (Light Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 5
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 2
Temporary Help Services 17
Testing Laboratories 1
Textile Bag Mills 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 3
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 3
Tire Dealers 11
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2
Tour Operators 3
Tradebinding and Related Work 4
Travel Agencies 7
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 7
Used Merchandise Stores 7
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 9
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 4
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Weft Knit Fabric Mills 3
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 26
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 10
Women's Clothing Stores 6
Women's Handbag and Purse Manufacturing 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 7
Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing 4

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.

Even if the name doesn't do it by itself, many naming experts believe there should be a story behind the name that ties into your company mission.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Branding Advice.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Gardena, it's critical that you ensure that no other California company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Gardena, California

It's essential that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

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. If you are starting a business in California, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in California. As it turns out, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Piercing the Corporate Veil. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Gardena, California, our information on Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Letting the World Know You Exist

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

You can learn plenty about marketing on our site. Six Tips for Getting Customer Testimonials is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Gardena business, you need to focus on sales.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Tips on Customer Referrals is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

What's Next?

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

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

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