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Starting a Business in Graford, Texas

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

Graford, Texas Demographic Information

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

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

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 Graford Businesses

As a new Graford entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Graford 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
Boat Dealers
Business Associations
Civic and Social Organizations
Convenience Stores
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Engineering Services
Full-Service Restaurants
General Freight Trucking, Local
Land Subdivision
Landscaping Services
Machine Shops
Marketing Consulting Services
Masonry Contractors
Recreational Goods Rental
Savings Institutions
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars
Sporting Goods Stores
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices

What About Franchising Opportunities?

As you drive around Graford, you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Before Buying a Franchise. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Racing Limos and Straw Hat Pizza. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Auto Repair Franchises and Print and Sign Franchises.

Note on Graford Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Graford.

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.

Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Graford, it's very important that you make sure no other Texas company is using the business name you want to use.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Texas.

Raising Capital for Your Venture

Getting your Graford business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as 504 Loans.

For Graford entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, we have assembled a List of Texas Angel Investors and our List of Texas Venture Capital Firms.

Promoting Your New Startup

Whether your goal is to attract Graford customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a solid marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Advertising on the Web 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.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good business owners recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

Given that you are starting a business in Graford, Texas, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Texas educational institutions. It's also wise to see if there are any Graford networking organizations.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Graford 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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