August 6, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Illinois Entrepreneurs  
  Glenview, Illinois Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Opening a Business in Glenview, Illinois

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

Are You Ready for Entrepreneurship?

Most new companies fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the tenacity and/or the skills to succeed. So, before you start your business, 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:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Glenview. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • You should read Business Failure. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

Glenview, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 7300
5-9 Employees 1626
10-19 Employees 1080
20-49 Employees 684
50-99 Employees 294
100-249 Employees 168
250-499 Employees 66
500-999 Employees 30
1000+ Employees 12
All Glenview Businesses 11260

As a new Glenview entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Glenview 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 1
Advertising Agencies 4
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Amusement Arcades 4
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 2
Architectural Services 10
Art Dealers 1
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automatic Vending Machine Manufacturing 1
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 21
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 5
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 3
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 5
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cafeterias 1
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 3
Car Washes 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 10
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 2
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Claims Adjusting 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Commercial Photography 1
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 10
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 16
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 2
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 5
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Couriers 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Bureaus 2
Credit Unions 1
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 20
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Dental Laboratories 2
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 3
Discount Department Stores 2
Document Preparation Services 3
Drafting Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 7
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Educational Support Services 2
Electrical Contractors 25
Electronic Shopping 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 12
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 4
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 3
Facilities Support Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 5
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 13
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Flooring Contractors 5
Florists 5
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 4
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 9
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Framing Contractors 3
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 56
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 2
Furniture Stores 5
General Automotive Repair 16
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 3
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 7
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 8
Gypsum Product Manufacturing 1
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 2
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 5
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 3
Home Health Care Services 2
Homes for the Elderly 4
Household Appliance Stores 4
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 2
Industrial Design Services 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 34
Interior Design Services 6
Internet Service Providers 2
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 7
Janitorial Services 19
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 8
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 3
Landscape Architectural Services 4
Landscaping Services 25
Language Schools 1
Lead Pencil and Art Good Manufacturing 1
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 37
Limousine Service 2
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Locksmiths 3
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 3
Machine Shops 2
Marketing Consulting Services 14
Masonry Contractors 7
Meat Markets 2
Media Representatives 4
Men's Clothing Stores 3
Miscellaneous Intermediation 3
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 14
Motion Picture and Video Production 4
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Museums 2
Music Publishers 1
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Nail Salons 3
New Car Dealers 7
New Housing Operative Builders 6
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 6
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Office Administrative Services 15
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 3
Office Machinery Manufacturing 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 3
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 17
Offices of Chiropractors 6
Offices of Dentists 58
Offices of Lawyers 30
Offices of Optometrists 4
Offices of Other Holding Companies 3
Offices of Podiatrists 4
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 5
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 2
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 3
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 19
Passenger Car Leasing 1
Passenger Car Rental 2
Payroll Services 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 5
Petroleum Refineries 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 9
Photography Studios, Portrait 6
Political Organizations 1
Portfolio Management 5
Prepress Services 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Public Relations Agencies 3
Quick Printing 3
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 11
Record Production 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Property Managers 8
Residential Remodelers 41
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 3
Roofing Contractors 3
Sales Financing 3
Savings Institutions 3
Securities Brokerage 9
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Shoe Stores 3
Siding Contractors 3
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 10
Software Publishers 2
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sound Recording Studios 1
Sporting Goods Stores 8
Sports and Recreation Instruction 6
Sports Teams and Clubs 2
Tax Preparation Services 3
Taxi Service 3
Temporary Help Services 4
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 3
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Tobacco Stores 4
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 8
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 5
Used Merchandise Stores 6
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 6
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 35
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 5
Women's Clothing Stores 2

Choosing a Business Name

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.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

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

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Glenview, it's imperative that you check now that your company name has not already been claimed by another Illinois business.

The Role of the Business Plan

Writing a business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Mistakes. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Illinois.

Startup Financing Basics

Raising money to fund your new Glenview business will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Business Credit Evaluation.

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

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Successful entrepreneurs know that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Glenview, Illinois, you should investigate some of the many programs available at nearby Illinois universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any Glenview networking organizations.

Glenview Entrepreneur Interviews

We're compiling a number of interviews with Glenview entrepreneurs. Enjoy!

Never Give Up

Most new Glenview 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 Glenview and elsewhere to achieve real success. We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

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