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Starting a Business in Glenville, West Virginia

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

Is Becoming a Business Owner Right for You?

Most new ventures don't make it, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the tenacity and/or the skills to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Before you move forward with starting a business, be sure to do these three things:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Glenville. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • 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. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you read Free 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 How to Start a Fuels Retail Business guide or our How to Start a Presentation Graphics Business guide.

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

Glenville, West Virginia Demographic Information

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

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

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 Glenville Businesses

As a new Glenville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Glenville 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Beauty Salons
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Book Stores
Child Day Care Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electric Power Distribution
Electrical Contractors
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Food Service Contractors
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Hardware Stores
Home Centers
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Land Subdivision
Motor Vehicle Towing
Natural Gas Distribution
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
Residential Remodelers
Siding Contractors
Site Preparation Contractors
Solid Waste Collection
Tax Preparation Services
Used Car Dealers
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Picking a Business Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Glenville, it's imperative that you check now that you will be the only West Virginia company using the business name you have chosen.

Forming a Company in Glenville, West Virginia

A critical step is ensuring that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. Doing so will separate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. 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 West Virginia, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in West Virginia. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Piercing the Corporate Veil. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Glenville, West Virginia, our information on Incorporating in West Virginia may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in West Virginia.

Promoting Your New Company

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

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Examples of Marketing Strategies 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.

The Art of Selling

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Glenville business to do well.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Tips on Customer Referrals offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Moving Forward

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

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

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

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