January 18, 2021  
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Opening a Business in Merrick, New York

Contemplating starting a business in Merrick, New York? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Merrick.

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. We recommend that you read How to Evaluate a Business Idea.

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 How to Start a Dredging Machinery Business guide or our How to Start a Food Service Consultants Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Merrick. Some businesses will do better in Merrick than others. Make sure you fully understand Merrick demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Merrick, New York Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2458
5-9 Employees 459
10-19 Employees 240
20-49 Employees 126
50-99 Employees 36
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Merrick Businesses 3328

As a new Merrick entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Merrick 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
Advertising Agencies 3
Amusement Arcades 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 4
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Baked Goods Stores 5
Barber Shops 2
Beauty Salons 17
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 4
Boat Dealers 1
Books Printing 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 1
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 2
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Caterers 1
Child Day Care Services 11
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 2
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 3
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Commercial Photography 2
Computer and Software Stores 4
Computer Systems Design Services 12
Consumer Lending 1
Convenience Stores 7
Credit Bureaus 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 12
Dental Laboratories 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 6
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Educational Support Services 2
Electrical Contractors 10
Elementary and Secondary Schools 4
Engineering Services 8
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 4
Family Clothing Stores 2
Fine Arts Schools 7
Finish Carpentry Contractors 5
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 5
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 5
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 2
Framing Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 3
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 32
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 3
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 5
General Freight Trucking, Local 4
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 7
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Grantmaking Foundations 2
Graphic Design Services 5
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Centers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 3
Home Health Care Services 2
Household Appliance Stores 1
Industrial Design Services 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 21
Interior Design Services 2
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 4
Janitorial Services 3
Jewelry Stores 3
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 25
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 26
Limousine Service 4
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Locksmiths 1
Mail-Order Houses 5
Marinas 2
Marketing Consulting Services 11
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 2
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 4
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 5
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Nail Salons 12
New Car Dealers 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Office Administrative Services 3
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 3
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 31
Offices of Chiropractors 9
Offices of Dentists 32
Offices of Lawyers 24
Offices of Optometrists 5
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 5
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 6
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Optical Goods Stores 4
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 10
Photography Studios, Portrait 5
Portfolio Management 1
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 1
Radio Stations 2
Reinsurance Carriers 1
Remediation Services 1
Residential Property Managers 3
Residential Remodelers 20
Retail Bakeries 2
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 4
Securities Brokerage 3
Security Guards and Patrol Services 2
Shoe Stores 5
Siding Contractors 4
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 12
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sound Recording Studios 2
Sporting Goods Stores 4
Sports and Recreation Instruction 5
Sports Teams and Clubs 1
Spring (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 6
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 3
Tobacco Stores 2
Tour Operators 1
Travel Agencies 6
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 15
Women's Clothing Stores 11
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Merrick, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. So, it probably makes sense for you to consider franchising too.

Our recommendation is that you evaluate the possibility of your buying a franchise opportunity. We have many articles on franchises, such as Benefits of Owning A Franchise. 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 Mrs. Fields Original Cookies, Inc. and Just Fresh Franchise Systems, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Asian Restaurant Franchises and Environmental Testing Franchises.

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

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.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Merrick, it's very important that you make sure no other New York company is using the business name you want to use.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Merrick business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as How Equity Dilution Works.

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

Bring in Revenues

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

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Sales Forecasting offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

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

With your business being located in Merrick, New York, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby New York universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Merrick entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Never Give Up

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Merrick and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Merrick entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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