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Start a Business in Lebanon, Oregon
Are you starting a business in Lebanon, Oregon? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Lebanon.
Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?
Before you get too far along in the process, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.
Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.
- Talk to other entrepreneurs in Lebanon. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being 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. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.
What Business Are You Starting?
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 Good Business Ideas.
For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Class Rings & Pins Business guide or our Opening an Internet Products & Services Business guide.
Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Lebanon. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Lebanon. A critical consideration is whether Lebanon demographics mesh well with your startup concept.
Lebanon, Oregon Demographic Information
Lebanon has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Lebanon demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Lebanon.
As a new Lebanon entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lebanon 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.
Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?
Visit the business district of Lebanon and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?
Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Credit and Franchise Purchasing. 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.
Note on Lebanon Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Lebanon.
Naming the Company
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: Branding Advice.
As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Lebanon, it's very important that you make sure you will be the only Oregon company using the business name you have chosen.
Promoting Your New Company
Whether your goal is to attract Lebanon customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a solid marketing plan.
You can learn a ton about marketing on our site. Exhibiting at Tradeshows is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.
You have a dream -- starting a business in Lebanon. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.
From this point on, you control your own destiny.
Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Lebanon and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Lebanon, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Lebanon, Oregon
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Lebanon.
- Resources for Lebanon, Oregon Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Lebanon entrepreneurs.
- Oregon Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Oregon.
- Oregon Small Business Development Center - Oregon Small Business Development Centers use a client-centered approach to deliver counseling, training, information and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management. There is no fee for their assistance.
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