January 15, 2021  
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  Lawrenceville, Illinois Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Lawrenceville, Illinois

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

Lawrenceville, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2124
5-9 Employees 756
10-19 Employees 486
20-49 Employees 180
50-99 Employees 36
100-249 Employees 36
250-499 Employees 36
500-999 Employees 18
1000+ Employees 0
All Lawrenceville Businesses 3672

As a new Lawrenceville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lawrenceville 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 1
Civic and Social Organizations 6
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Photography 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 2
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Credit Unions 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 4
Electrical Contractors 2
Engineering Services 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscaping Services 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 6
Masonry Contractors 2
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 6
Optical Goods Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Professional Organizations 1
Radio Stations 1
Real Estate Credit 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 3
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Lawrenceville, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our recommendation is that you investigate buying a franchise. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Franchise Tradeshows. 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.

Sample franchise opportunities include Taylor Rental/Party Central and Pita Pit. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Children's Franchises and Pest Control Franchises.

Note on Lawrenceville Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Lawrenceville.

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.

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 Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Lawrenceville, it's very important that you make sure no other Illinois company is using the business name you want to use.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Illinois.

Letting the World Know You Exist

To grow your Lawrenceville business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

You can learn a ton about marketing on our site. National TV Spot Advertising Rates 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.

Ramping Up Sales

Being able to sell is fundamental to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Lawrenceville or are selling to customers throughout Illinois, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

The Art of Customer Referrals offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

What's Next?

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Lawrenceville and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Lawrenceville entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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