August 9, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Arizona Entrepreneurs  
  Mesa, Arizona Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Opening a Business in Mesa, Arizona

Contemplating starting a business in Mesa, Arizona? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Mesa.

Is Becoming a Business Owner Right for You?

Being an entrepreneur is difficult, much more arduous than working as an employee. Are you certain you want to go into business for yourself?

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

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Mesa. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • Take a look at The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 Opening an Electronic Commerce Business guide or our How to Start a Termite Control Business guide.

Always keep in mind that Mesa is the place where you are starting a business. Some businesses will do better in Mesa than others. Make sure you fully understand Mesa demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Mesa, Arizona Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 44802
5-9 Employees 15666
10-19 Employees 11457
20-49 Employees 7884
50-99 Employees 2880
100-249 Employees 1269
250-499 Employees 387
500-999 Employees 90
1000+ Employees 54
All Mesa Businesses 84489

As a new Mesa entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Mesa 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 16
Air Traffic Control 1
Aircraft Manufacturing 3
Ambulance Services 9
Amusement and Theme Parks 2
Amusement Arcades 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 12
Architectural Services 25
Art Dealers 6
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 9
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 26
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 58
Automotive Transmission Repair 13
Baked Goods Stores 5
Barber Shops 4
Beauty Salons 112
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 8
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 2
Blood and Organ Banks 3
Boat Dealers 7
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 14
Bowling Centers 4
Building Inspection Services 9
Business Associations 5
Business to Business Electronic Markets 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 4
Cafeterias 14
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 3
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 28
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 28
Caterers 10
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Charter Bus Industry 2
Child and Youth Services 8
Child Day Care Services 76
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 8
Civic and Social Organizations 13
Claims Adjusting 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 8
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 9
Collection Agencies 4
Commercial Bakeries 5
Commercial Lithographic Printing 18
Commercial Photography 4
Commercial Screen Printing 5
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 18
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 49
Computer Training 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 4
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 2
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 4
Consumer Lending 9
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 10
Convenience Stores 28
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 2
Couriers 5
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 5
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Card Issuing 1
Credit Unions 17
Curtain and Drapery Mills 2
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 37
Custom Roll Forming 1
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Dental Laboratories 20
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 14
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 4
Digital Printing 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 13
Direct Mail Advertising 4
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 28
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 11
Display Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 4
Drafting Services 18
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 22
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 36
Educational Support Services 3
Electrical Contractors 126
Electronic Shopping 16
Elementary and Secondary Schools 43
Employment Placement Agencies 4
Engineering Services 93
Environmental Consulting Services 14
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 5
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 32
Facilities Support Services 6
Family Clothing Stores 40
Family Planning Centers 3
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 15
Finish Carpentry Contractors 43
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 31
Flight Training 4
Floor Covering Stores 20
Flooring Contractors 38
Florists 25
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 20
Food Service Contractors 14
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 7
Framing Contractors 37
Freight Transportation Arrangement 6
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 4
Full-Service Restaurants 241
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 15
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 3
Furniture Stores 70
General Automotive Repair 130
General Freight Trucking, Local 22
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4
General Rental Centers 6
General Warehousing and Storage 5
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 37
Glass and Glazing Contractors 7
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 16
Grantmaking Foundations 4
Graphic Design Services 13
Hardware Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 6
Hardware Stores 13
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 21
Home Centers 6
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 9
Home Health Care Services 22
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 38
Household Appliance Stores 12
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 2
Industrial Launderers 4
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 196
Interior Design Services 7
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 4
Internet Service Providers 5
Investigation Services 11
Investment Advice 44
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 92
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 53
Junior Colleges 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 9
Land Subdivision 14
Landscape Architectural Services 4
Landscaping Services 117
Language Schools 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 43
Limited-Service Restaurants 336
Limousine Service 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 2
Locksmiths 5
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Machine Shops 16
Mail-Order Houses 9
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 16
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 26
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 61
Meat Markets 6
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 26
Men's Clothing Stores 8
Metal Stamping 1
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Miscellaneous Intermediation 5
Mobile Food Services 4
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 50
Motion Picture and Video Distribution 1
Motion Picture and Video Production 7
Motor Home Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 6
Motorcycle Dealers 14
Museums 5
Musical Groups and Artists 5
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 6
Nail Salons 9
Navigational Services to Shipping 1
New Car Dealers 35
New Housing Operative Builders 10
News Dealers and Newsstands 3
News Syndicates 1
Newspaper Publishers 3
Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 31
Nursing Care Facilities 17
Office Administrative Services 41
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 6
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 17
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 99
Offices of Chiropractors 87
Offices of Dentists 202
Offices of Lawyers 174
Offices of Optometrists 32
Offices of Other Holding Companies 8
Offices of Podiatrists 10
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 42
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3
Optical Goods Stores 27
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 3
Packaging and Labeling Services 3
Packing and Crating 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 14
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 57
Passenger Car Leasing 2
Passenger Car Rental 12
Payroll Services 6
Periodical Publishers 5
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 2
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 13
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 7
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 36
Photography Studios, Portrait 24
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 2
Political Organizations 1
Portfolio Management 10
Power-Driven Handtool Manufacturing 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 5
Prepress Services 1
Printing Ink Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 15
Professional Employer Organizations 10
Professional Organizations 6
Public Relations Agencies 3
Pulp Mills 1
Quick Printing 7
Radio Stations 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 8
Real Estate Credit 58
Real Estate Investment Trusts 4
Recreational Goods Rental 3
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 17
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Remediation Services 3
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 39
Residential Remodelers 84
Retail Bakeries 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 12
Roofing Contractors 24
Rope, Cordage, and Twine Mills 1
Sales Financing 5
Savings Institutions 14
Sawmills 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 1
Secondary Market Financing 2
Securities and Commodity Exchanges 1
Securities Brokerage 35
Security Guards and Patrol Services 3
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 8
Shoe Stores 48
Siding Contractors 6
Sign Manufacturing 8
Site Preparation Contractors 31
Small Arms Manufacturing 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 50
Software Publishers 10
Solid Waste Collection 2
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sound Recording Studios 1
Special Needs Transportation 3
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 45
Sports and Recreation Instruction 24
Spring (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Support Activities for Metal Mining 2
Tax Preparation Services 39
Telecommunications Resellers 4
Telemarketing Bureaus 8
Telephone Answering Services 2
Temporary Help Services 35
Temporary Shelters 3
Testing Laboratories 4
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 26
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 34
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 11
Tobacco Stores 9
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 2
Tradebinding and Related Work 1
Translation and Interpretation Services 4
Travel Agencies 13
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 37
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 7
Used Merchandise Stores 26
Vending Machine Operators 5
Veterinary Services 37
Video Tape and Disc Rental 33
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2
Voluntary Health Organizations 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 6
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Web Search Portals 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 46
Window Treatment Stores 6
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 19
Women's Clothing Stores 40
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Mesa, you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. Is it perhaps smarter to franchise a business instead of doing it from scratch.

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Questions to Ask Franchisors. 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.

Representative franchise opportunities include AutoQual USA and American Engine Installation. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Bakery Franchises and Moving Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Mesa Business?

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

If you are going to be buying a business, you may want to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Company Formation in Mesa, Arizona

It's very important that you form your business as a legal structure. 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.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Arizona, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Arizona. As it turns out, you can incorporate wherever you want. 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. To learn the basics of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Registered Agents. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Mesa, Arizona, our information on Incorporating in Arizona may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Arizona.

The Art of Selling

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Mesa business, you need to focus on sales.

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Compensating Sales People is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Moving Forward

As an entrepreneur in Mesa, 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 Mesa and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Mesa, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Mesa, Arizona

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

  • Resources for Mesa, Arizona Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Mesa 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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