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Opening a Business in Lake Providence, Louisiana

Contemplating starting a business in Lake Providence, Louisiana? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Lake Providence.

Lake Providence, Louisiana Demographic Information

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

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

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 Lake Providence Businesses

As a new Lake Providence entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lake Providence 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
Business Associations
Cable and Other Program Distribution
Child Day Care Services
Consumer Lending
Convention and Visitors Bureaus
Cotton Ginning
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Exterminating and Pest Control Services
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Fresh and Frozen Seafood Processing
Fruit and Vegetable Markets
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Stores
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Home Centers
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Limousine Service
Meat Processed from Carcasses
Musical Groups and Artists
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Sales Financing
Site Preparation Contractors
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars
Spice and Extract Manufacturing
Support Activities for Forestry
Veterinary Services
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

Visit the business district of Lake Providence and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as How to Franchise. 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.

Sample franchise opportunities include Mr Food no Fuss Meals and Advanced Cleaning Systems. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Golf Franchises and Real Estate Franchises.

Note on Lake Providence Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Lake Providence, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Lake Providence Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Louisiana. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Lake Providence.

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

Naming the Company

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Even if the name doesn't do it by itself, many naming experts believe there should be a story behind the name that ties into your company mission.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Lake Providence, it's imperative that you check now that no other Louisiana company is using the business name you want to use.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Having a business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for 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 Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Louisiana.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Getting your Lake Providence business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Borrowing Money from Friends and Family.

For Lake Providence entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, we have assembled a List of Louisiana Angel Investors and our List of Louisiana Venture Capital Firms.

Bring in Revenues

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Lake Providence business to do well.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Writing Great Proposals is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Lake Providence businesses to be successful. 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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