August 11, 2020  
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Start a Business in John Day, Oregon

Are you starting a business in John Day, Oregon? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in John Day.

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Before announcing to the world that you are going to start your own business, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in John Day. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

John Day, Oregon Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 311
5-9 Employees 93
10-19 Employees 69
20-49 Employees 12
50-99 Employees 15
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All John Day Businesses 503

As a new John Day entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in John Day 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 Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Book Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Couriers 2
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Electric Power Distribution 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Full-Service Restaurants 5
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 3
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Homes for the Elderly 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Janitorial Services 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Logging 13
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
New Car Dealers 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Optometrists 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 1
Savings Institutions 1
Sawmills 2
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Support Activities for Forestry 2
Tax Preparation Services 2
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Visit the business district of John Day and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Costs of Franchise Ownership. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Representative franchise opportunities include Red Roof Inns, Inc. and Stroller Strides. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Security Franchises and Coffee Shop Franchises.

Note on John Day Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in John Day.

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.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in John Day, it's very important that you make sure no Oregon company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Forming a Company in John Day, Oregon

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will decide among 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. 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 Oregon, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Oregon. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 Incorporation Advice. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in John Day, Oregon, our web page covering Incorporating in Oregon may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Oregon.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

Having a business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Free Business Plan Templates. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Oregon.

The Art of Selling

Being able to sell is essential to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in John Day or are selling to customers throughout Oregon, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Selling Stuff on the Web is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

What's Next?

You have a dream -- starting a business in John Day. 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 John Day and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new John Day entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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