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Starting a Business in Okolona, Mississippi

Thinking about starting a business in Okolona, Mississippi? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Okolona.

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before you get too far along in the process, consider 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:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Okolona. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • 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.

Okolona, Mississippi Demographic Information

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

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

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 Okolona Businesses

As a new Okolona entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Okolona 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
Art Dealers
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Beauty Salons
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Child Day Care Services
Consumer Lending
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Exam Preparation and Tutoring
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Furniture Stores
General Automotive Repair
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Land Subdivision
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
News Dealers and Newsstands
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing
Residential Remodelers
School and Employee Bus Transportation
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Examine a list of Okolona businesses and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising Scams. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include VoipStarter and La Quinta Inn & Suites. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Embroidery Franchises and Pet Franchises.

Note on Okolona Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Okolona, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Okolona Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Mississippi. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Okolona.

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

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.

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: Naming a Company.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Okolona, it's very important that you make sure no Mississippi company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

Creating a business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Software. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Mississippi.

Raising Capital for Your Business

Obtaining startup financing for your Okolona business is not an easy task. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.

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

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Okolona. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

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

We are here to help Okolona businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Okolona entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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