January 23, 2021  
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Open a Business in Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Need help starting a business in Greencastle, Pennsylvania? We've got the information you need to open a business in Greencastle.

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? 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 How to Start a Table & Chair Rental Business guide or our Opening a Semi-Private Golf Courses Business guide.

Don't forget that your new business will be in Greencastle. Some businesses will do better in Greencastle than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Greencastle demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Greencastle, Pennsylvania Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1683
5-9 Employees 675
10-19 Employees 324
20-49 Employees 324
50-99 Employees 108
100-249 Employees 72
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 18
1000+ Employees 0
All Greencastle Businesses 3204

As a new Greencastle entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Greencastle 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
Amusement Arcades 1
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 9
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Business Associations 2
Car Washes 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child Day Care Services 4
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Photography 1
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Convenience Stores 1
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electrical Contractors 7
Electronic Shopping 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 3
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 5
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 1
Framing Contractors 3
Full-Service Restaurants 7
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 10
General Freight Trucking, Local 4
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Homes for the Elderly 3
Household Appliance Stores 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 3
Landscaping Services 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 10
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Machine Shops 5
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 4
Musical Groups and Artists 1
New Car Dealers 3
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 5
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Remodelers 6
Retail Bakeries 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Sawmills 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 1
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Solid Waste Collection 1
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 2
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Greencastle, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Understanding Franchise Contracts. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Cinnzeo and Amazon Café. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Soccer Franchises and Payday Loan Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Greencastle Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Pennsylvania. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Greencastle.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Greencastle business the capital it needs to succeed is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Business Credit Evaluation.

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

Promoting Your New Startup

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

You can learn a ton about marketing on our site. Pros and Cons of Advertising is a good read to get your marketing creativity flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Next Steps

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Greencastle and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Greencastle entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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