June 3, 2020  
 
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  Hartford, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Hartford, Wisconsin

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

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Most startup companies don't make it, in part because the founder did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Hartford. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Hartford, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 9240
5-9 Employees 2706
10-19 Employees 2079
20-49 Employees 1551
50-99 Employees 627
100-249 Employees 297
250-499 Employees 132
500-999 Employees 33
1000+ Employees 33
All Hartford Businesses 16698

As a new Hartford entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Hartford 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
Businesses
Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Beauty Salons 8
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 4
Book Publishers 1
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Child Day Care Services 5
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 1
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 4
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Dance Companies 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 10
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 4
Electrical Contractors 10
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Employment Placement Agencies 2
Engineering Services 2
Facilities Support Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 12
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 8
Florists 3
Food Service Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 7
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 14
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 7
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 2
Homes for the Elderly 2
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 10
Internet Service Providers 1
Janitorial Services 5
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 10
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 11
Machine Shops 5
Masonry Contractors 6
Meat Markets 2
Medical Laboratories 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 3
New Housing Operative Builders 2
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 6
Offices of Lawyers 5
Optical Goods Stores 3
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 4
Periodical Publishers 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 2
Plate Work Manufacturing 3
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Printing Ink Manufacturing 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 3
Roofing Contractors 6
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 4
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 4
Shoe Stores 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 4
Small Arms Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 3
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Steel Investment Foundries 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Taxi Service 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Agencies 2
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 2
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Hartford, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Law. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Spring-Green Lawn Care Corp. and Fuzziwig's Candy Factory. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Car Wash Franchises and Healthy Alternative Foods Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Hartford Business?

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

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.

Naming the Company

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.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

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

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Hartford, it's imperative that you check now that no other Wisconsin company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Hartford, Wisconsin

It's very important 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 corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporation 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 Wisconsin, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Wisconsin. As it turns out, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. 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. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Pre-Incorporation Agreements. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Hartford, Wisconsin, our information on Incorporating in Wisconsin may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Wisconsin.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

A business plan is critical in laying a solid foundation for your business success. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Hartford and throughout the United States . 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 Hartford, Wisconsin

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

 

 

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