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Open a Business in Homer, Michigan

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

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Finding Your Niche in Life.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Ceramics Equipment & Supplies Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide or our How to Start a Speech & Hearing Clinics Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Homer. Some businesses will do better in Homer than others. A critical consideration is whether Homer demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Homer, Michigan Demographic Information

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

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

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 Homer Businesses

As a new Homer entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Homer 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 Transmission Repair
Beauty Salons
Convenience Stores
Custom Computer Programming Services
Freight Transportation Arrangement
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Furniture Stores
General Automotive Repair
Hardware Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Janitorial Services
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Machine Shops
Materials Recovery Facilities
Meat Processed from Carcasses
Newspaper Publishers
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Residential Remodelers
Site Preparation Contractors
Tax Preparation Services
Temporary Help Services
Veterinary Services
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Homer, it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. Is franchising maybe a better way for you to start your business?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Buying an Existing Franchise. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Genghis Grill and Haircolorxperts. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Children Arts Programs Franchises and Coffee Shop Franchises.

Note on Homer Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Homer, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Should You Buy an Existing Homer Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Michigan. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Homer.

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

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is essential 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. Not having 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 Michigan.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Getting your Homer 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 Homer entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Michigan Angel Investors and our List of Michigan Venture Capital Firms.

Next Steps

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

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

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Homer and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Homer entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Homer, Michigan

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

  • Resources for Homer, Michigan Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Homer entrepreneurs.
  • Michigan Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Michigan.
  • Michigan Small Business Development Center - This organization supports 12 regional offices and over 30 satellite offices, each providing counseling and training to Michigan small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the 83 counties in Michigan. Services to entrepreneurs are offered through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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