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Opening a Business in Gilbert, Minnesota

Contemplating starting a business in Gilbert, Minnesota? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Gilbert.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Most new ventures fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Reach out to other entrepreneurs in Gilbert. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • Peruse Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. This is one of our more popular articles for folks who want to go into business for themselves.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Good Business Ideas.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting an Irrigation Associations Business guide or our Opening a Metal Cutting Business guide.

Don't forget that your new business will be in Gilbert. Some businesses will do better in Gilbert than others. Don't forget to review Gilbert demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Gilbert, Minnesota Demographic Information

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

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

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 Gilbert Businesses

As a new Gilbert entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Gilbert 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
Civic and Social Organizations
Convention and Visitors Bureaus
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Framing Contractors
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Heating Oil Dealers
Meat Markets
New Housing Operative Builders
Offices of Dentists
Recreational Goods Rental
Remediation Services
Solid Waste Landfill
Tire Dealers

Forming a Company in Gilbert, Minnesota

A critical step is ensuring that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

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

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Minnesota, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Minnesota. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. 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 Corporate Formalities. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Gilbert, Minnesota, our information on Incorporating in Minnesota may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Minnesota.

Promoting Your New Startup

To grow your Gilbert business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Advertising in the Yellow Pages discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Bring in Revenues

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Gilbert business to do well.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Hiring Telemarketing Firms to Generate Sales Leads is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Now It's Up To You

Most new Gilbert 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 Gilbert and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Gilbert, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Gilbert, Minnesota

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