January 16, 2021  
 
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  Lithonia, Georgia Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Lithonia, Georgia

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

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Opening a Garbage Disposal Sales, Service, & Parts Business guide or our Opening a Discing Services Business guide.

Always keep in mind that Lithonia is the place where you are starting a business. Some businesses will do better in Lithonia than others. Study Lithonia demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Lithonia, Georgia Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 1360
5-9 Employees 552
10-19 Employees 441
20-49 Employees 321
50-99 Employees 93
100-249 Employees 63
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 6
1000+ Employees 0
All Lithonia Businesses 2839

As a new Lithonia entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Lithonia 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
Amusement Arcades 1
Architectural Services 1
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 8
Baked Goods Stores 1
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 15
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 8
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 2
Caterers 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 28
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 3
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 2
Computer Systems Design Services 5
Computer Training 2
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 3
Convenience Stores 5
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Couriers 2
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 8
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 2
Document Preparation Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 4
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 5
Electrical Contractors 9
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 7
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Engineering Services 2
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 8
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 2
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 26
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Stores 8
General Automotive Repair 7
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 3
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 3
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Grantmaking Foundations 2
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Stores 3
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 10
Interior Design Services 1
Janitorial Services 7
Jewelry Stores 14
Land Subdivision 2
Landscaping Services 14
Limited-Service Restaurants 34
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 4
Machine Shops 2
Mail-Order Houses 2
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Masonry Contractors 4
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Media Representatives 1
Men's Clothing Stores 4
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 5
Motor Vehicle Towing 5
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Nail Salons 2
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Office Administrative Services 3
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 4
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 10
Offices of Lawyers 5
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Optical Goods Stores 5
Outerwear Knitting Mills 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 8
Passenger Car Rental 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 7
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 2
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 7
Residential Property Managers 6
Residential Remodelers 3
Retail Bakeries 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing 1
Savings Institutions 2
Securities Brokerage 2
Security Guards and Patrol Services 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 13
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 6
Solid Waste Landfill 2
Special Needs Transportation 1
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 7
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Temporary Shelters 1
Textile Machinery Manufacturing 1
Tire Dealers 9
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 3
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 3
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 4
Women's Clothing Stores 18
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Forming a Company in Lithonia, Georgia

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The biggest advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

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. If you are starting a business in Georgia, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Georgia. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as ESOP Formation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Lithonia, Georgia, our information on Incorporating in Georgia may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Georgia.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Georgia.

Startup Financing Basics

Getting your Lithonia business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

Recognizing this challenge, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

For Lithonia entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, check out our List of Georgia Angel Investors and our List of Georgia Venture Capital Firms.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

The best entrepreneurs recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

Given that you are starting a business in Lithonia, Georgia, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Georgia educational institutions. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Lithonia entrepreneurs.

Moving Forward

You have a dream -- starting a business in Lithonia. 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.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Lithonia and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Lithonia, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Lithonia, Georgia

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Lithonia.

 

 

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