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Start a Business in Kenyon, Minnesota

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

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Before quitting your day job, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Kenyon. Get their take on what it's really like to be 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. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Evaluating Your Idea.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Business & Professional Associations, Organizations, & Foundations Business guide or our Opening a Stress Management Clinics Business guide.

Always keep in mind that starting a business in Kenyon has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Kenyon than others. Make sure you fully understand Kenyon demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Kenyon, Minnesota Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Kenyon Businesses

As a new Kenyon entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Kenyon 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
Ambulance Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Electrical Contractors
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Food Service Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Stores
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Grantmaking Foundations
Hardware Stores
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Jewelry Stores
Landscaping Services
Mattress Manufacturing
Meat Markets
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
School and Employee Bus Transportation
Site Preparation Contractors
Solid Waste Collection
Used Merchandise Stores
Veterinary Services
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Choosing a Company Name

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

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.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Branding Advice.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Kenyon, it's very important that you make sure you will be the only Minnesota company using the business name you have chosen.

Company Formation in Kenyon, Minnesota

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 corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

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. Just because you are starting a business in Minnesota, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Minnesota. As it turns out, 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'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 Corporate Formalities. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Kenyon, Minnesota, our information on Incorporating in Minnesota may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Minnesota.

Getting the Word Out About Your New Company

To rise above the crowd in Kenyon and build your business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your business achieving its goals.

We have some excellent resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Media Kits is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Moving Forward

You have a dream -- starting a business in Kenyon. 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.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Kenyon and elsewhere to achieve real success. We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

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