October 24, 2020  
 
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Start a Business in Millbrook, Alabama

Are you starting a business in Millbrook, Alabama? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Millbrook.

Millbrook, Alabama Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 772
5-9 Employees 276
10-19 Employees 216
20-49 Employees 120
50-99 Employees 6
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Millbrook Businesses 1390

As a new Millbrook entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Millbrook 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
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Beauty Salons 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 1
Child Day Care Services 6
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Commercial Bakeries 1
Consumer Lending 3
Convenience Stores 1
Couriers 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 3
Electrical Contractors 4
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 3
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 7
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 5
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Logging 1
New Car Dealers 2
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Quick Printing 2
Real Estate Credit 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Roofing Contractors 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Should You Buy an Existing Millbrook Business?

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

If you are going to be buying a business, you may want to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Naming the Company

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

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 opening a business in Millbrook, it's imperative that you check now that no other Alabama company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Millbrook, Alabama

A critical step is ensuring 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. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Alabama, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Alabama. As it turns out, you can 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 are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Incorporating Online. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Millbrook, Alabama, our information on Incorporating in Alabama may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Alabama.

The Role of the 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. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Alabama.

The Art of Selling

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Millbrook business to do well.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

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

Next Steps

Most new Millbrook businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

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

We are here to help Millbrook businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Millbrook, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Millbrook, Alabama

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

  • Resources for Millbrook, Alabama Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Millbrook entrepreneurs.
  • Alabama Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Alabama.
  • Alabama Small Business Development Center - Alabama's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) counsels and trains business people in a wide variety of business topics and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in many fields. Counseling is provided free of charge to all Alabama small business owners.
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