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Opening a Business in Lisbon, Ohio
Contemplating starting a business in Lisbon, Ohio? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Lisbon.
Lisbon, Ohio Demographic Information
Lisbon has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Lisbon demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Lisbon.
As a new Lisbon entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lisbon 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.
What About Franchising Opportunities?
As you drive around Lisbon, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?
We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Questions to Ask Franchisors. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.
You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.
Representative franchise opportunities include AccuTrak Inventory Specialists and Pinch A Penny, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Restaurant Franchises and Modeling Franchises.
Note on Lisbon Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Lisbon.
Company Formation in Lisbon, Ohio
It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Without a legal structure for the business, you can be held personally liable for the actions, debts and obligations of your company.
The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.
Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Ohio, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Ohio. As it turns out, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.
There's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Corporate Formalities. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Lisbon, Ohio, our information on Incorporating in Ohio may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Ohio.
Make Sure You Have a Business Plan
A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Indeed, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.
Marketing Your New Venture
Whether your goal is to attract Lisbon customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.
You can learn plenty about marketing on our site. How to Write a Marketing Plan discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.
How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities
The best entrepreneurs know that they don't know everything.
Given that you are starting a business in Lisbon, Ohio, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Ohio universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Lisbon entrepreneurs.
Never Give Up
Most new Lisbon businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.
If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.
We are here to help Lisbon businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Lisbon, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Lisbon, Ohio
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Lisbon.
- Resources for Lisbon, Ohio Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Lisbon entrepreneurs.
- Ohio Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Ohio.
- Ohio Small Business Development Center - Whether you're starting your business, expanding your business, or just looking to stay in business, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDCs of Ohio) can help with professional guidance by connecting you with research, financing sources, and training opportunities.
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