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Start a Business in Madison, West Virginia

Are you starting a business in Madison, West Virginia? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Madison.

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Most new companies do not succeed, in part because the business owner did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Madison. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • You should read Business Failure. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

What Business Are You Starting?

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 Good Business Ideas.

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 Starting a House Paint Business guide or our How to Start an Outdoor Furniture Retail Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in Madison. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Madison. Make sure you fully understand Madison demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Madison, West Virginia Demographic Information

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

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

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 Madison Businesses

As a new Madison entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Madison 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Bituminous Coal Underground Mining
Child Day Care Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Convenience Stores
Family Clothing Stores
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Floor Covering Stores
Full-Service Restaurants
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Graphic Design Services
Hydroelectric Power Generation
Janitorial Services
Jewelry Stores
Limited-Service Restaurants
Limousine Service
Motorcycle Dealers
Natural Gas Distribution
Nonresidential Property Managers
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Photography Studios, Portrait
Radio Stations
Septic Tank and Related Services
Testing Laboratories
Used Merchandise Stores
Veterinary Services
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Madison Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in West Virginia. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Madison.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Naming the Company

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

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

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Naming a Business.

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

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is essential to the health of your new business. In effect, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read The Art of the Executive Summary. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in West Virginia.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Madison business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Sponsoring Local Events discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Madison businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Madison entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Madison, West Virginia

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

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