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Opening a Business in Lahaska, Pennsylvania

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

An entrepreneurial life is hard work, much more challenging than working as an employee. Are you sure you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Lahaska. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Lahaska, Pennsylvania Demographic Information

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

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

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 Lahaska Businesses

As a new Lahaska entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lahaska 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
Amusement Arcades
Beauty Salons
Book Stores
Building Inspection Services
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores
Clothing Accessories Stores
Commercial Bakeries
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Family Clothing Stores
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Floor Covering Stores
Food (Health) Supplement Stores
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Stores
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores
Graphic Design Services
Hardware Stores
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores
Jewelry Stores
Limited-Service Restaurants
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores
Photography Studios, Portrait
Portfolio Management
Residential Remodelers
Retail Bakeries
Shoe Stores
Sporting Goods Stores
Tax Preparation Services
Tour Operators
Used Merchandise Stores
Women's Clothing Stores

Should You Franchise?

Visit the business district of Lahaska and it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Franchise Law. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Representative franchise opportunities include Subway Franchises and Starbucks Franchises. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Accounting Franchises and Moving Franchises.

Note on Lahaska Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Lahaska, 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.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Company.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Lahaska, it's critical that you ensure that you will be the only Pennsylvania company using the business name you have chosen.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Having a business plan is critical to the health of your new business. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Failure to write a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Find Sample Business Plans Online. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Pennsylvania.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Lahaska customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a great marketing plan.

We have some excellent resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Billboard Advertising Best Practices is an article that will generate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Next Steps

As an entrepreneur in Lahaska, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

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