August 8, 2020  
 
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  Maricopa, Arizona Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Maricopa, Arizona

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

Are You Ready for the Challenges of Being an Entrepreneur?

An entrepreneurial life is difficult, much harder than working as an employee. Are you sure you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Maricopa. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • 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. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

Maricopa, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 706
5-9 Employees 120
10-19 Employees 72
20-49 Employees 66
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 6
All Maricopa Businesses 1000

As a new Maricopa entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Maricopa 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Casino Hotels 1
Child Day Care Services 4
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Full-Service Restaurants 5
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Industrial Design Services 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Interior Design Services 1
Investment Advice 2
Janitorial Services 3
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 7
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 3
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Security Guards and Patrol Services 2
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Steel Foundries (except Investment) 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Maricopa, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?

We highly recommend you investigate buying a franchise. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Five Franchise Opportunities To Watch. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Nu Image MedSpa and CLUTTERBUSTERS!!. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Business Services Franchises and Child Education and Tutoring Franchises.

Note on Maricopa Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Maricopa, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

What About Buying an Existing Maricopa Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Arizona. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Maricopa.

If you are headed down the path of buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Forming a Company in Maricopa, Arizona

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation 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 Arizona, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Arizona. As it turns out, you are allowed to 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 Getting an EIN. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Maricopa, Arizona, our web page covering Incorporating in Arizona may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Arizona.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Mistakes. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Arizona.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Maricopa, Arizona, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby Arizona universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any Maricopa networking organizations.

Never Give Up

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

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

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Maricopa, Arizona

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

  • Resources for Maricopa, Arizona Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Maricopa entrepreneurs.
  • Arizona Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Arizona.
  • Arizona Small Business Development Center - Arizona’s Small Business Development Center Network is an innovative partnership between the state’s ten community college districts and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The network is the largest and most accessible source of assistance to Arizona businesses with fewer than 200 employees.
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