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Starting a Business in Hope, Indiana

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before you get too far along in the process, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Hope. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • Take a look at Business Failure. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

What Business to Start

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 Starting a Synagogues & Temples guide or our How to Start a Home Automation Systems & Service Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Hope. Some businesses will do better in Hope than others. Study Hope demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Hope, Indiana Demographic Information

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

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

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 Hope Businesses

As a new Hope entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Hope 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
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Child Day Care Services
Electrical Contractors
Engineering Services
Family Clothing Stores
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Framing Contractors
Freight Transportation Arrangement
Full-Service Restaurants
General Warehousing and Storage
Hardware Stores
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Masonry Contractors
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services
Security Guards and Patrol Services
Sporting Goods Stores
Sports and Recreation Instruction

What About Buying an Existing Hope Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Indiana. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Hope.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Picking a Company Name

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

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.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Hope, it's very important that you make sure you will be the only Indiana company using the business name you have chosen.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Hope business will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.

For Hope entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Indiana Angel Investors and our List of Indiana Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Hope customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your succeeding.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Seven Marketing Ideas for Your Small Business is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Next Steps

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Hope businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Hope, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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