August 6, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Nebraska Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Hartington, Nebraska

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

Choosing the Right Company to Start

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? We recommend that you read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Opening a Retail Juice Business guide or our Opening a Commercial & Industrial Vacuum Cleaner Dealership guide.

Don't forget that you are starting a business in Hartington. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Hartington. A critical consideration is whether Hartington demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Hartington, Nebraska Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 254
5-9 Employees 81
10-19 Employees 60
20-49 Employees 21
50-99 Employees 6
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Hartington Businesses 425

As a new Hartington entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Hartington 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Business Associations 1
Cafeterias 1
Caterers 1
Child Day Care Services 6
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Educational Support Services 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Family Clothing Stores 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Landscaping Services 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Machine Shops 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 4
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Optometrists 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Tire Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Hartington, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising My Business. 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 BathCrest and MotoPhoto. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Baby Franchises and Bath Remodeling Franchises.

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

Forming a Company in Hartington, Nebraska

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.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as 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 Nebraska, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Nebraska. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. 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 Incorporating Online. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Hartington, Nebraska, our web page covering Incorporating in Nebraska may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Nebraska.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Software. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Nebraska.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Obtaining startup financing for your Hartington business 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 Attracting Investors.

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

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Successful 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 Hartington, Nebraska, you should investigate some of the many programs available at nearby Nebraska universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate networking groups or organizations in which Hartington entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Next Steps

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

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

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

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