August 8, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Massachusetts Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Marlborough, Massachusetts

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

Is Becoming a Business Owner Right for You?

Running your own business is hard work, much harder than working as an employee. Are you sure you are ready to take on this challenge?

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 Marlborough. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Marlborough, Massachusetts Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 5637
5-9 Employees 2232
10-19 Employees 1824
20-49 Employees 1296
50-99 Employees 486
100-249 Employees 315
250-499 Employees 63
500-999 Employees 72
1000+ Employees 27
All Marlborough Businesses 11952

As a new Marlborough entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Marlborough 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
Abrasive Product Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 2
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Ambulance Services 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Architectural Services 2
Armored Car Services 1
Art Dealers 1
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 8
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Ball and Roller Bearing Manufacturing 1
Beauty Salons 21
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 7
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 3
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Cafeterias 1
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 2
Caterers 4
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 12
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 3
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 4
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Computer and Software Stores 3
Computer Facilities Management Services 2
Computer Systems Design Services 18
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 13
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Credit Unions 7
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 31
Dental Laboratories 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 2
Digital Printing 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 5
Discount Department Stores 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 8
Educational Support Services 2
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 16
Electronic Computer Manufacturing 1
Electronic Resistor Manufacturing 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 5
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 14
Environmental Consulting Services 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Fabric Coating Mills 1
Family Clothing Stores 10
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 5
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 7
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 4
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 3
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 3
Food Service Contractors 21
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Framing Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Full-Service Restaurants 30
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 7
General Automotive Repair 15
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 8
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 2
Home Centers 1
Home Health Care Services 3
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 9
Internet Service Providers 2
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 10
Jewelry Stores 11
Land Subdivision 3
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 23
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 5
Limited-Service Restaurants 34
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Machine Shops 4
Mail-Order Houses 1
Marketing Consulting Services 4
Masonry Contractors 7
Media Representatives 1
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 2
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 7
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 4
New Housing Operative Builders 3
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Office Administrative Services 2
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 2
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Dentists 25
Offices of Lawyers 25
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 2
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2
Optical Goods Stores 4
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 5
Passenger Car Rental 4
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 7
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Portfolio Management 3
Printing Ink Manufacturing 2
Private Mail Centers 2
Professional Organizations 2
Quick Printing 2
Real Estate Credit 4
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 15
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Sales Financing 4
Savings Institutions 7
School and Employee Bus Transportation 3
Securities Brokerage 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Setup Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 11
Siding Contractors 3
Sign Manufacturing 4
Site Preparation Contractors 5
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 16
Software Publishers 9
Solid Waste Collection 1
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 6
Sports and Recreation Instruction 7
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 3
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 3
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Temporary Help Services 6
Temporary Shelters 1
Testing Laboratories 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 1
Tour Operators 1
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 6
Used Car Dealers 8
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 12
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 25
Women's Clothing Stores 10

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Marlborough Business?

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

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

Selecting a Name For Your Company

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

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

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Marlborough, it's critical that you ensure that no other Massachusetts company is using the business name you want to use.

Company Formation in Marlborough, Massachusetts

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

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

Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Massachusetts, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Massachusetts. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate in any state you would like to. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

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 Getting an EIN. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Marlborough, Massachusetts, our information on Incorporating in Massachusetts may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Massachusetts.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Creating a business plan is critical in laying a solid foundation for your business success. 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

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. You should also take advantage of free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Massachusetts.

Interviews With Marlborough Entrepreneurs

Here, we'll keep a running list of interviews we've had with Marlborough entrepreneurs.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Marlborough, Massachusetts

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



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