January 15, 2021  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Oklahoma Entrepreneurs  
  Inola, Oklahoma Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Inola, Oklahoma

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

Inola, Oklahoma Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 210
5-9 Employees 72
10-19 Employees 36
20-49 Employees 9
50-99 Employees 0
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Inola Businesses 330

As a new Inola entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Inola 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 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Car Washes 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Computer and Software Stores 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 4
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Inland Water Freight Transportation 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Janitorial Services 2
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Machine Shops 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 2
Masonry Contractors 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Racetracks 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Retail Bakeries 1
Savings Institutions 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Solid Waste Collection 5
Tax Preparation Services 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

As you drive around Inola, you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. So, it probably makes sense for you to consider franchising too.

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including The Disadvantages of Franchise Ownership. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Nextwave Computers and Vanguard Cleaning Systems, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Accounting Franchises and Textile Repair Franchises.

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

Naming the Company

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.

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 opening a business in Inola, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Oklahoma business.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is essential to the health of your new business. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Mistakes. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Oklahoma.

Marketing Your New Venture

To rise above the crowd in Inola and advance your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Advertising on Buses is a good read to get your marketing creativity flowing. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

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

As an entrepreneur who lives in Inola, Oklahoma, you should check out some of the many programs available at nearby Oklahoma universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Inola entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Moving Forward

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

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

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