February 16, 2020  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Pennsylvania Entrepreneurs  
  Lehighton, Pennsylvania Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Lehighton, Pennsylvania

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Most new businesses do not succeed, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you open a business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Lehighton. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • You should read The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Which Business to Choose?

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 How to Evaluate a Business 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 How to Start a Fuel Oils Business guide or our Starting a Wesleyan Church guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Lehighton. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Lehighton. Make sure you fully understand Lehighton demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Lehighton, Pennsylvania Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 699
5-9 Employees 282
10-19 Employees 153
20-49 Employees 90
50-99 Employees 18
100-249 Employees 18
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 3
1000+ Employees 0
All Lehighton Businesses 1266

As a new Lehighton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lehighton 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
Businesses
Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries 1
Ambulance Services 2
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Baked Goods Stores 2
Beauty Salons 5
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Boat Dealers 2
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 2
Business Associations 2
Car Washes 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Computer Training 1
Convenience Stores 2
Dental Laboratories 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 5
Electrical Contractors 4
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 1
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Flight Training 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Food Service Contractors 2
Framing Contractors 5
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 14
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 15
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Hardware Stores 3
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 1
Heating Oil Dealers 3
Home Centers 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 8
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Landscaping Services 3
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 11
Machine Shops 4
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 3
Masonry Contractors 1
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Markets 2
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 6
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 4
Offices of Dentists 10
Offices of Lawyers 7
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Optical Goods Stores 3
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Outerwear Knitting Mills 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Portfolio Management 1
Professional Organizations 2
Real Estate Credit 1
Remediation Services 2
Residential Remodelers 6
Roofing Contractors 1
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Savings Institutions 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Shoe Stores 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 5
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Used Car Dealers 3
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 2

Selecting a Name For Your Business

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.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Lehighton, it's imperative that you check now that your company name has not already been claimed by another Pennsylvania business.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Raising money to fund your new Lehighton business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Getting a Small Business Loan.

For Lehighton entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, you'll want to take a look at our List of Pennsylvania Angel Investors and our List of Pennsylvania Venture Capital Firms.

Ramping Up Sales

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

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Hiring Good Sales People is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Next Steps

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Lehighton and throughout the United States . 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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