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Starting a Business in Greenville, Maine

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

Greenville, Maine Demographic Information

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

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

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 Greenville Businesses

As a new Greenville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Greenville 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
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns
Book Publishers
Business Associations
Cable and Other Program Distribution
Computer Systems Design Services
Convenience Stores
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electric Power Distribution
Electrical Contractors
Engineering Services
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Fluid Milk Manufacturing
Full-Service Restaurants
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores
Heating Oil Dealers
Home Health Care Services
Human Rights Organizations
Hydroelectric Power Generation
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Mail-Order Houses
Offices of Dentists
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Rooming and Boarding Houses
Savings Institutions
Solid Waste Collection
Sporting Goods Stores
Used Merchandise Stores
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Greenville, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Is it perhaps smarter to franchise a business instead of doing it from scratch.

Most business experts recommend that you investigate buying a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Five Franchise Opportunities To Watch. 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 Virginia Barbeque and Ideal Image. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Healthcare Franchises and Miscellaneous Franchises.

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

Naming the Business

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

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

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Greenville, it's imperative that you check now that no other Maine company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Greenville, Maine

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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

Incorporation is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Maine, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Maine. In fact, you are allowed to 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. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Where to Incorporate. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Greenville, Maine, our information on Incorporating in Maine may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Maine.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Greenville business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Exhibiting at Tradeshows 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 taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Selling Tips

Mastering the art of selling is a must if you want your new Greenville business to do well.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Writing Great Proposals offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Next Steps

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Greenville businesses to be successful. 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.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Greenville, Maine

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Greenville.

  • Resources for Greenville, Maine Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Greenville entrepreneurs.
  • Maine Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Maine.
  • Maine Small Business Development Center - Maine Small Business Development Centers and its technology-focused group, the Maine Small Business & Technology Development Centers, provide comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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