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Start a Business in Howard, South Dakota

Are you starting a business in Howard, South Dakota? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Howard.

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Free Business Ideas.

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 Fishing Business guide or our Opening a Welding Services Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are starting a business in Howard. If Howard already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Don't forget to review Howard demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Howard, South Dakota Demographic Information

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

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

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 Howard Businesses

As a new Howard entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Howard 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Child Day Care Services
Commercial Lithographic Printing
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Hardware Stores
Hunting and Trapping
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Limited-Service Restaurants
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Photography Studios, Portrait
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices
Veterinary Services
Video Tape and Disc Rental

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Howard Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in South Dakota. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Howard.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Choosing a Company Name

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.

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.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Howard, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another South Dakota business.

Company Formation in Howard, South Dakota

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Without a legal structure for the business, you can be held personally liable for the actions, debts and obligations of your company.

When forming a company, you will select one of many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in South Dakota, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in South Dakota. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. To learn the basics of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Where to Incorporate. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Howard, South Dakota, our web page covering Incorporating in South Dakota may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in South Dakota.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Raising money to fund your new Howard business is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

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

For Howard entrepreneurs who need startup capital, check out our List of South Dakota Angel Investors and our List of South Dakota Venture Capital Firms.

Never Give Up

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

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 Howard and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Howard entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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