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Open a Business in Lawrence, Nebraska

Need help starting a business in Lawrence, Nebraska? We've got the information you need to open a business in Lawrence.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Evaluating Your Idea.

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 Bath Products Business guide or our Opening a Land Planning Business guide.

Don't forget that starting a business in Lawrence has some implications. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Lawrence. Make sure you fully understand Lawrence demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Lawrence, Nebraska Demographic Information

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

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

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 Lawrence Businesses

As a new Lawrence entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lawrence 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
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
General Automotive Repair
Home Centers
Landscaping Services
Machine Shops
Newspaper Publishers
Residential Remodelers

What About Buying an Existing Lawrence Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Nebraska. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Lawrence.

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

Picking 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.

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 Business.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Lawrence, it's critical that you ensure that you will be the only Nebraska company using the business name you have chosen.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Having a business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Outsourcing. You should also take advantage of free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Nebraska.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

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

As an entrepreneur who lives in Lawrence, Nebraska, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Nebraska universities, colleges and community colleges. We also recommend you look into Lawrence networking organizations.

What's Next?

As an entrepreneur in Lawrence, 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 Lawrence 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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