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Starting a Business in Loup City, Nebraska

Thinking about starting a business in Loup City, Nebraska? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Loup City.

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Running your own business is difficult, much more challenging than working as an employee. Are you certain you want to start a business?

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 Loup City. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • 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. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Free 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 Opening a Door & Door Frame Hardware & Parts Business guide or our Opening a Lockers Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Loup City. Some businesses will do better in Loup City than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Loup City demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Loup City, Nebraska Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Loup City Businesses

As a new Loup City entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Loup City 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
Bowling Centers
Child Day Care Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Commodity Contracts Dealing
Community Food Services
Electrical Contractors
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Limited-Service Restaurants
Motor Vehicle Towing
Natural Gas Distribution
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Bank Holding Companies
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Residential Remodelers
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing
Tax Preparation Services
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Loup City, you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Due Diligence. 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.

Sample franchise opportunities include Melt Inc. and Miami Rice Pudding Co.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Retail Franchises and Party Supply Franchises.

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

Forming a Company in Loup City, Nebraska

A critical step is ensuring that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. Doing so will separate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Nebraska, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Nebraska. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. 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 Where to Incorporate. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Loup City, Nebraska, our information on Incorporating in Nebraska may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Nebraska.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Loup City business is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Bank Credit Lines.

For Loup City entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Nebraska Angel Investors and our List of Nebraska Venture Capital Firms.

The Art of Selling

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Loup City business, you need to focus on sales.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Landing Big Customers is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Next Steps

As an entrepreneur in Loup City, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Loup City businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Loup City, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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