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Opening a Business in Newcastle, Maine

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

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Before quitting your day job, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Newcastle. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • You should read Business Failure. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Newcastle, Maine Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Newcastle Businesses

As a new Newcastle entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Newcastle 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
Beauty Salons
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns
Business Associations
Child and Youth Services
Child Day Care Services
Commercial Screen Printing
Computer and Software Stores
Deep Sea Passenger Transportation
Directory and Mailing List Publishers
Drafting Services
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Electrical Contractors
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Engineering Services
Fine Arts Schools
Floor Covering Stores
Flooring Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Stores
General Automotive Repair
Hardware Stores
Home Health Care Services
Homes for the Elderly
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Lawyers
Optical Goods Stores
Periodical Publishers
Residential Remodelers
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair
Savings Institutions
Site Preparation Contractors
Tax Preparation Services
Used Merchandise Stores
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers

Forming a Company in Newcastle, Maine

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will insulate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

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. If you are starting a business in Maine, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Maine. As it turns out, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Why Incorporate in Delaware. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Newcastle, Maine, our web page covering Incorporating in Maine may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Maine.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Writing a business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Software. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Maine.

Raising Capital for Your Venture

Obtaining startup financing for your Newcastle business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

The good news is this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

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

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Good business owners recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

Given that you are starting a business in Newcastle, Maine, you should investigate some of the many programs available at nearby Maine universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate Newcastle networking organizations.

What's Next?

You have a dream -- starting a business in Newcastle. 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 Newcastle and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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 Newcastle, Maine

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

  • Resources for Newcastle, Maine Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Newcastle entrepreneurs.
  • Maine Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Maine.
  • Maine Small Business Development Center - Maine Small Business Development Centers and its technology-focused group, the Maine Small Business & Technology Development Centers, provide comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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