January 24, 2021  
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Starting a Business in Imlay City, Michigan

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

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Brushes & Brooms Manufacturers' Equipment & Supplies Business guide or our How to Start a Canoe Trip Outfitters Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Imlay City. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Imlay City. Make sure you fully understand Imlay City demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Imlay City, Michigan Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 399
5-9 Employees 183
10-19 Employees 96
20-49 Employees 60
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Imlay City Businesses 777

As a new Imlay City entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Imlay City 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 Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Cafeterias 1
Caterers 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Photography 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Convenience Stores 1
Credit Unions 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Electrical Contractors 4
Electron Tube Manufacturing 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 5
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 5
General Freight Trucking, Local 6
General Rental Centers 2
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Gypsum Product Manufacturing 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Homes for the Elderly 3
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 2
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 6
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 13
Machine Shops 3
Mail-Order Houses 1
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
New Car Dealers 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 6
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Professional Employer Organizations 3
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Remodelers 3
Savings Institutions 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Special Needs Transportation 2
Tax Preparation Services 1
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Temporary Help Services 2
Temporary Shelters 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Imlay City Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Michigan. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Imlay City.

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

Naming the Business

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 should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Company.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are planning on starting a business in Imlay City, it's very important that you make sure no other Michigan company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Imlay City, Michigan

A critical step is ensuring that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

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 Michigan, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Michigan. In fact, you can 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 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 C Corp Versus S Corp. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Imlay City, Michigan, our information on Incorporating in Michigan may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Michigan.

Getting the Word Out About Your New Company

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

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Pricing is a good read to get your marketing creativity 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 Imlay City. 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.

We are here to help Imlay City businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Imlay City entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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