August 12, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Ohio Entrepreneurs  
  Kent, Ohio Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Opening a Business in Kent, Ohio

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

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Before you get too far along in the process, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Kent. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. We recommend that you read Free Business Ideas.

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 How to Start a Dog Breeders Business guide or our Opening a Therapeutic Massage Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Kent. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Kent. Don't forget to review Kent demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Kent, Ohio Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 4600
5-9 Employees 2304
10-19 Employees 1596
20-49 Employees 1200
50-99 Employees 348
100-249 Employees 120
250-499 Employees 12
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Kent Businesses 10180

As a new Kent entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Kent 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
Ambulance Services 1
Architectural Services 6
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 6
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Ball and Roller Bearing Manufacturing 1
Beauty Salons 14
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Boat Dealers 2
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 2
Bowling Centers 2
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Business Associations 1
Cafeterias 1
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 8
Civic and Social Organizations 7
Claims Adjusting 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 4
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 3
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 2
Consumer Lending 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 1
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Credit Unions 3
Custom Computer Programming Services 2
Dental Laboratories 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 2
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 16
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Educational Support Services 3
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 5
Electronic Computer Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 2
Engineering Services 4
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Facilities Support Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 2
Family Planning Centers 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fats and Oils Refining and Blending 1
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 4
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 4
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 3
Flour Milling 2
Food Service Contractors 2
Framing Contractors 3
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Full-Service Restaurants 27
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 2
General Automotive Repair 7
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 5
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 3
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 8
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 16
Interior Design Services 1
Investigation Services 3
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 7
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscape Architectural Services 3
Landscaping Services 13
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 30
Locksmiths 1
Machine Shops 12
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 2
Metal Heat Treating 1
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
Motion Picture and Video Distribution 1
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 1
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 6
New Housing Operative Builders 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 2
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Dentists 15
Offices of Lawyers 13
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 6
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 2
Professional Organizations 1
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 2
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 4
Remediation Services 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 10
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 2
Rooming and Boarding Houses 5
Savings Institutions 2
Securities Brokerage 3
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Siding Contractors 2
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 4
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 10
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sound Recording Studios 1
Special Needs Transportation 2
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 2
Tax Preparation Services 2
Taxi Service 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Television Broadcasting 3
Temporary Help Services 1
Temporary Shelters 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Timber Tract Operations 1
Tire Dealers 6
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Agencies 2
Truck Trailer Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 3
Vending Machine Operators 2
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 2

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Kent Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Ohio. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Kent.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.

Company Formation in Kent, Ohio

It's very important that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. 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.

Incorporation is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Ohio, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Ohio. In fact, you are allowed to 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's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as How to Incorporate. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Kent, Ohio, our information on Incorporating in Ohio may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Ohio.

Startup Financing Basics

Getting your Kent business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

Take advantage of our many articles on securing funding, such as How Much Venture Capital Is There?.

For Kent entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, browse our List of Ohio Angel Investors and our List of Ohio Venture Capital Firms.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Kent, Ohio

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

  • Resources for Kent, Ohio Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Kent entrepreneurs.
  • Ohio Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Ohio.
  • Ohio Small Business Development Center - Whether you're starting your business, expanding your business, or just looking to stay in business, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDCs of Ohio) can help with professional guidance by connecting you with research, financing sources, and training opportunities.



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