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Opening a Business in Nokomis, Illinois

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Most new ventures fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

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

  • Reach out to other entrepreneurs in Nokomis. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • Peruse Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. This is one of our more popular articles for folks who want to go into business for themselves.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Nokomis, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

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 Nokomis Businesses

As a new Nokomis entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Nokomis 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
Ambulance Services
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers
Bowling Centers
Community Food Services
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Furniture Stores
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Machine Shops
New Housing Operative Builders
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Site Preparation Contractors
Used Merchandise Stores
Veterinary Services
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Is Franchising a Better Option?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Nokomis and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. So, it probably makes sense for you to consider franchising too.

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Multi-Unit Franchising. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Representative franchise opportunities include H2O PLUS L.P. and McDonald's Corporation. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Flooring Franchises and Mexican Restaurant Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Nokomis Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Illinois. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Nokomis.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Picking a Company Name

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?

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Nokomis, it's imperative that you check now that your company name has not already been claimed by another Illinois business.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Writing a business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Mistakes. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Illinois.

Next Steps

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Nokomis 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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