October 24, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for California Entrepreneurs  
  Lincoln, California Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Lincoln, California

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before announcing to the world that you are going to start your own business, 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.

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Lincoln. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • Take a look at The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • 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.

Lincoln, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 9972
5-9 Employees 3408
10-19 Employees 1368
20-49 Employees 756
50-99 Employees 252
100-249 Employees 324
250-499 Employees 108
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 36
All Lincoln Businesses 16224

As a new Lincoln entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lincoln 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Beauty Salons 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Building Inspection Services 2
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Car Washes 3
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 2
Casinos (except Casino Hotels) 1
Child Day Care Services 17
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Claims Adjusting 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Computer and Software Stores 2
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 1
Couriers 2
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electrical Contractors 9
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 4
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 4
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 3
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Framing Contractors 3
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Full-Service Restaurants 13
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 4
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Rental Centers 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 5
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 8
Internet Service Providers 1
Janitorial Services 2
Land Subdivision 3
Landscaping Services 9
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 18
Mail-Order Houses 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 3
Meat Markets 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Museums 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 8
Offices of Lawyers 6
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 6
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Power-Driven Handtool Manufacturing 1
Professional Organizations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 7
Residential Remodelers 5
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 3
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Shoe Stores 1
Silverware and Hollowware Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 6
Tax Preparation Services 2
Testing Laboratories 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Travel Agencies 2
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 4
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Should You Franchise?

Visit the business district of Lincoln and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Law. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

A comprehensive list of franchisors is available via our List of Franchise Opportunities.

Representative franchise opportunities include Travelodge Hotels, Inc. and Logan Farms Honey Glazed Hams. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Apparel Franchises and Healthcare Franchises.

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

Selecting a Name For Your Venture

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.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

On a final note, given that you are starting a business in Lincoln, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another California business.

Promoting Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Lincoln customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a solid marketing plan.

We have some excellent resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. National TV Spot Advertising Rates is a good read to get your marketing ideas flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good entrepreneurs know that they don't know everything.

Given that you are starting a business in Lincoln, California, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby California universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any Lincoln networking organizations.

Next Steps

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

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

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Lincoln and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Lincoln, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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