June 5, 2020  
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  Neenah, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Neenah, Wisconsin

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 How to Start a Central Vacuum Cleaning Systems Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide or our Opening a Corporate Limousine Services Business guide.

Always keep in mind that Neenah is the place where you are starting a business. Some businesses will do better in Neenah than others. Don't forget to review Neenah demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Neenah, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1221
5-9 Employees 633
10-19 Employees 480
20-49 Employees 333
50-99 Employees 111
100-249 Employees 102
250-499 Employees 36
500-999 Employees 30
1000+ Employees 12
All Neenah Businesses 2958

As a new Neenah entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Neenah 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 2
Ambulance Services 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 4
Art Dealers 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 16
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 2
Books Printing 1
Business Associations 3
Cafeterias 2
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 8
Civic and Social Organizations 5
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Flexographic Printing 3
Commercial Lithographic Printing 6
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Computer Training 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 3
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Consumer Lending 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Copper Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Couriers 2
Credit Unions 14
Custom Computer Programming Services 3
Dental Laboratories 3
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 2
Discount Department Stores 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 15
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 3
Electrical Contractors 11
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Engineering Services 9
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 6
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 4
Floor Covering Stores 3
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Framing Contractors 4
Freight Transportation Arrangement 3
Full-Service Restaurants 33
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 13
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Warehousing and Storage 8
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Graphic Design Services 4
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 5
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 4
Household Appliance Stores 1
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Design Services 1
Industrial Launderers 3
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 14
Interior Design Services 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investment Advice 2
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 11
Jewelry Stores 2
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 2
Landscaping Services 9
Limited-Service Restaurants 17
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Machine Shops 6
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marketing Consulting Services 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 2
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Nail Salons 2
New Car Dealers 3
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nonwoven Fabric Mills 2
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 2
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 6
Offices of Chiropractors 5
Offices of Dentists 21
Offices of Lawyers 16
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Optical Goods Stores 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging and Labeling Services 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 5
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 5
Paper Industry Machinery Manufacturing 6
Paperboard Mills 1
Payroll Services 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 7
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Portfolio Management 3
Prepress Services 1
Printing Ink Manufacturing 4
Professional Organizations 1
Quick Printing 1
Real Estate Credit 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Remediation Services 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 13
Retail Bakeries 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 2
Roofing Contractors 4
Sales Financing 1
Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing 5
Savings Institutions 4
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 7
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 3
Siding Contractors 3
Site Preparation Contractors 5
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 4
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 4
Sports and Recreation Instruction 2
Tax Preparation Services 2
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Shelters 1
Testing Laboratories 4
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tradebinding and Related Work 3
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Car Dealers 5
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 3
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 7
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Is Buying an Existing Neenah Business a Good Strategy?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Wisconsin. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Neenah.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Selecting a Name For Your Startup

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.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Company.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Neenah, it's critical that you ensure that no other Wisconsin company is using the business name you want to use.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

Having a business plan is critical in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Presentations. You should also take advantage of free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Neenah business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your business achieving its goals.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Business Cards is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Moving Forward

As an entrepreneur in Neenah, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

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

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Neenah and throughout the United States . 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.

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