February 14, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs  
  Kaukauna, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Kaukauna, Wisconsin

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

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Most new businesses do not succeed, in part because the founder did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

To determine whether you have what it takes to run a business, we recommend these three steps to help you decide:

  • Reach out to other entrepreneurs in Kaukauna. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • Peruse Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. This is one of our more popular articles for folks who want to go into business for themselves.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Flags, Flagpoles, Banners, & Pennants Business guide or our Opening an Organ Parts & Supplies Business guide.

Remember that starting a business in Kaukauna has some implications. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Kaukauna. Only by spending some time analyzing Kaukauna demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Kaukauna, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 819
5-9 Employees 267
10-19 Employees 285
20-49 Employees 156
50-99 Employees 36
100-249 Employees 39
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 3
1000+ Employees 0
All Kaukauna Businesses 1611

As a new Kaukauna entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Kaukauna 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 2
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 12
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Boat Dealers 2
Bowling Centers 3
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 2
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child Day Care Services 5
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Flexographic Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Computer Training 1
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 4
Dental Laboratories 1
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 9
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 7
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 11
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finfish Fishing 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 7
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 2
Framing Contractors 2
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 1
Full-Service Restaurants 17
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
General Automotive Repair 14
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Hardware Stores 2
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 11
Investment Advice 1
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Land Subdivision 2
Landscaping Services 10
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 9
Machine Shops 7
Mail-Order Houses 1
Masonry Contractors 4
Meat Markets 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
New Car Dealers 6
New Housing Operative Builders 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 2
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 5
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 6
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Paper Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2
Passenger Car Rental 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Prepress Services 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Remediation Services 1
Residential Remodelers 7
Roofing Contractors 3
Savings Institutions 2
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 3
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 4
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Solid Waste Collection 2
Tax Preparation Services 2
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 2

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Kaukauna Business?

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

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

Forming a Company in Kaukauna, Wisconsin

It's very important that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. Doing so will separate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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

Incorporation 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 Wisconsin, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Wisconsin. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 Nevada Incorporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, our information on Incorporating in Wisconsin may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Wisconsin.

Selling Tips

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Kaukauna business to do well.

The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Closing Sales offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

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

With your business being located in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Wisconsin universities, colleges and community colleges. We also recommend you look into networking organizations for Kaukauna entrepreneurs.

What's Next?

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Kaukauna and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Kaukauna, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Kaukauna, Wisconsin

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



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