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Starting a Business in Marshall, Arkansas

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Free 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 an Oil & Gas Well Drilling Business guide or our How to Start a Literary Agents Business guide.

Remember that starting a business in Marshall has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Marshall than others. Don't forget to review Marshall demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Marshall, Arkansas Demographic Information

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

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

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 Marshall Businesses

As a new Marshall entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Marshall 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
Business Associations
Child Day Care Services
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing
Electric Power Distribution
Flooring Contractors
Fluid Milk Manufacturing
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores
Gypsum Product Manufacturing
Hardware Stores
Home Centers
Janitorial Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Optometrists
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Radio Stations
Residential Remodelers
Site Preparation Contractors
Solid Waste Collection
Support Activities for Forestry
Tax Preparation Services
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices
Veterinary Services
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing

Selecting a Name For Your Venture

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.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

On a final note, given that you are starting a business in Marshall, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Arkansas business.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Raising money to fund your new Marshall business is not an easy task. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as How Much Venture Capital Is There?.

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

Promoting Your New Company

To rise above the crowd in Marshall and accelerate your business, you need a solid marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Phone Book Advertising Costs is a good read to get your marketing thoughts flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

Being able to sell is essential to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Marshall or are selling to customers throughout Arkansas, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

How to Build and Motivate a Sales Team is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

What's Next?

You have a dream -- starting a business in Marshall. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

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

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

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