June 1, 2020  
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  Hudson, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Hudson, Wisconsin

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

Hudson, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 24320
5-9 Employees 7296
10-19 Employees 5376
20-49 Employees 3216
50-99 Employees 1200
100-249 Employees 480
250-499 Employees 192
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 48
All Hudson Businesses 42128

As a new Hudson entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Hudson 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Architectural Services 4
Art Dealers 2
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 11
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 8
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 3
Business Associations 2
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 3
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 6
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Flexographic Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 2
Computer Systems Design Services 6
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Consumer Lending 3
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 6
Dental Laboratories 1
Digital Printing 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Discount Department Stores 2
Display Advertising 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 9
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 5
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 9
Electronic Shopping 2
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 2
Engineering Services 11
Environmental Consulting Services 5
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 7
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 6
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 6
Florists 2
Food Service Contractors 3
Framing Contractors 4
Freight Transportation Arrangement 4
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Full-Service Restaurants 17
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 4
General Automotive Repair 7
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 3
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 3
Hardware Manufacturing 1
Hardware Stores 2
Historical Sites 1
Home Centers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 16
Interior Design Services 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investment Advice 2
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 11
Jewelry Stores 5
Land Subdivision 2
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 17
Limited-Service Restaurants 25
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Machine Shops 3
Mail-Order Houses 1
Marinas 2
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 4
Meat Markets 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
Motion Picture and Video Production 2
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 5
New Housing Operative Builders 8
Newspaper Publishers 1
Office Administrative Services 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 6
Offices of Chiropractors 8
Offices of Dentists 15
Offices of Lawyers 20
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 7
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Optical Goods Stores 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 5
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 4
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 2
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 1
Real Estate Credit 3
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Remediation Services 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 13
Retail Bakeries 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 2
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 9
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Siding Contractors 4
Sign Manufacturing 1
Silverware and Hollowware Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 4
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 4
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 5
Sports and Recreation Instruction 3
Tax Preparation Services 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 2
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Temporary Help Services 5
Testing Laboratories 1
Textile Bag Mills 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 3
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Veterinary Services 7
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 15
Window Treatment Stores 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3
Women's Clothing Stores 4

Is Buying an Existing Hudson Business a Good Strategy?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Wisconsin. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Hudson.

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

Forming a Company in Hudson, Wisconsin

A critical step is ensuring that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will insulate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

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. If you are starting a business in Wisconsin, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Wisconsin. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate wherever you want. 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 Why Incorporate in Delaware. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Hudson, Wisconsin, our information on Incorporating in Wisconsin may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Wisconsin.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

Having 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 makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

If writing a business plan is on your to-do list, be sure to 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.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Hudson business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as How to Raise Money.

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

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Hudson customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Working with an Advertising Agency discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

Given that you are starting a business in Hudson, Wisconsin, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Wisconsin universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Hudson entrepreneurs.

Now It's Up To You

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Hudson businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Hudson 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 Hudson, Wisconsin

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



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