August 9, 2020  
 
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Open a Business in Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Need help starting a business in Mount Pleasant, Michigan? We've got the information you need to open a business in Mount Pleasant.

What Business Are You Starting?

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 Good 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 Opening a Housing Agencies Business guide or our Starting a Used Barrels & Drums Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Mount Pleasant. Some businesses will do better in Mount Pleasant than others. Study Mount Pleasant demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Mount Pleasant, Michigan Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 16390
5-9 Employees 8040
10-19 Employees 5070
20-49 Employees 3150
50-99 Employees 1320
100-249 Employees 720
250-499 Employees 180
500-999 Employees 60
1000+ Employees 0
All Mount Pleasant Businesses 34930

As a new Mount Pleasant entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Mount Pleasant 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 2
Architectural Services 4
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 8
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Beauty Salons 15
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 5
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Book Stores 3
Bottled Water Manufacturing 1
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 3
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 4
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 2
Caterers 4
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 19
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 2
Civic and Social Organizations 6
Claims Adjusting 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 6
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 4
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 2
Convenience Stores 6
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Couriers 2
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 2
Credit Unions 3
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 2
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Discount Department Stores 3
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 9
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Educational Support Services 1
Electrical Contractors 9
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 2
Engineering Services 4
Environmental Consulting Services 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 4
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Floor Covering Stores 5
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 5
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 2
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 33
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 4
General Automotive Repair 7
General Freight Trucking, Local 4
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 6
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hardware Stores 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Centers 1
Home Health Care Services 5
Homes for the Elderly 6
Household Appliance Stores 4
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 25
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 6
Jewelry Stores 6
Land Subdivision 3
Landscaping Services 9
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 29
Locksmiths 1
Logging 1
Machine Shops 4
Mail-Order Houses 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 3
Marketing Consulting Services 4
Masonry Contractors 5
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 2
Nail Salons 2
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 6
New Housing Operative Builders 2
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 6
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 15
Offices of Chiropractors 7
Offices of Dentists 20
Offices of Lawyers 20
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 8
Payroll Services 5
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 6
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Professional Employer Organizations 11
Professional Organizations 3
Quick Printing 1
Racetracks 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 4
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Property Managers 11
Residential Remodelers 13
Retail Bakeries 1
Rooming and Boarding Houses 2
Satellite Telecommunications 1
Savings Institutions 1
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 6
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Shoe Stores 4
Site Preparation Contractors 5
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 7
Sporting Goods Stores 6
Tax Preparation Services 4
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Help Services 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 4
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tour Operators 1
Travel Agencies 3
Used Car Dealers 4
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 2
Used Merchandise Stores 3
Veterinary Services 7
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 3
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 6

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.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

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

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in Mount Pleasant, it's imperative that you check now that you will be the only Michigan company using the business name you have chosen.

Forming a Company in Mount Pleasant, Michigan

It's very important that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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. If you are starting a business in Michigan, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Michigan. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. 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. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Registered Agents. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, our information on Incorporating in Michigan may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Michigan.

Letting the World Know You Exist

To rise above the crowd in Mount Pleasant and build your business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Making the Most of Trade Shows discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Michigan universities, colleges and community colleges. We also recommend you look into networking groups or organizations in which Mount Pleasant entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Never Give Up

Most new Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant businesses to be successful. We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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

  • Resources for Mount Pleasant, Michigan Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Mount Pleasant entrepreneurs.
  • Michigan Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Michigan.
  • Michigan Small Business Development Center - This organization supports 12 regional offices and over 30 satellite offices, each providing counseling and training to Michigan small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the 83 counties in Michigan. Services to entrepreneurs are offered through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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