October 24, 2020  
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Start a Business in Ontario, California

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

Ontario, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 18988
5-9 Employees 8728
10-19 Employees 6948
20-49 Employees 6660
50-99 Employees 2676
100-249 Employees 1812
250-499 Employees 420
500-999 Employees 108
1000+ Employees 48
All Ontario Businesses 46388

As a new Ontario entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Ontario 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
Advertising Agencies 2
Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries 1
Aluminum Extruded Product Manufacturing 1
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 3
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 6
Armored Car Services 1
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 7
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 36
Automotive Transmission Repair 5
Baked Goods Stores 2
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 8
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 11
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 3
Book Stores 2
Books Printing 1
Bottled Water Manufacturing 1
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 2
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 2
Business to Business Electronic Markets 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 3
Cafeterias 2
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 10
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Caterers 1
Cement Manufacturing 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 6
Child Day Care Services 20
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 6
Civic and Social Organizations 8
Claims Adjusting 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 4
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 4
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 9
Commercial Photography 2
Commercial Screen Printing 7
Commodity Contracts Dealing 1
Computer and Software Stores 3
Computer Storage Device Manufacturing 1
Computer Systems Design Services 7
Computer Training 2
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 2
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Consumer Lending 4
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 4
Convenience Stores 8
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 2
Couriers 22
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 6
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 4
Dental Laboratories 2
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Digital Printing 4
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 3
Direct Mail Advertising 2
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 4
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 3
Display Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 2
Dried and Dehydrated Food Manufacturing 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 8
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 9
Electric Power Distribution 4
Electrical Contractors 37
Electronic Resistor Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 9
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 8
Engineering Services 34
Envelope Manufacturing 1
Environmental Consulting Services 2
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 8
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 24
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 18
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 7
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 5
Flooring Contractors 11
Florists 4
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 4
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 3
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 4
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 4
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Framing Contractors 6
Freight Transportation Arrangement 10
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 75
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 19
Furniture Stores 20
General Automotive Repair 35
General Freight Trucking, Local 38
General Rental Centers 2
General Warehousing and Storage 65
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 10
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 5
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 18
Hardware Stores 3
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
HMO Medical Centers 3
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 5
Home Centers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 16
Home Health Care Services 6
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 4
Household Appliance Stores 1
Human Rights Organizations 1
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Design Services 2
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 6
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 5
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Inland Water Freight Transportation 1
Inorganic Dye and Pigment Manufacturing 1
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 34
Interior Design Services 4
International Trade Financing 1
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 4
Investment Advice 7
Iron and Steel Mills 2
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 20
Jewelry Stores 11
Land Subdivision 4
Landscape Architectural Services 3
Landscaping Services 20
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 133
Limousine Service 5
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 8
Locksmiths 4
Machine Shops 40
Mail-Order Houses 7
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 8
Mattress Manufacturing 4
Meat Markets 3
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Men's Clothing Stores 9
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 1
Metal Stamping 2
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 2
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 19
Motion Picture and Video Distribution 1
Motion Picture and Video Production 3
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 1
Motor Home Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 2
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 6
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Nail Salons 13
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 17
New Housing Operative Builders 1
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 4
Nursing Care Facilities 4
Office Administrative Services 16
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 4
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 5
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 6
Offices of Chiropractors 8
Offices of Dentists 45
Offices of Lawyers 41
Offices of Optometrists 8
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 2
Optical Goods Stores 6
Packaging and Labeling Services 6
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 4
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 6
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 18
Paperboard Mills 2
Parking Lots and Garages 6
Passenger Car Rental 32
Payroll Services 2
Periodical Publishers 7
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 16
Photography Studios, Portrait 6
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 4
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 2
Political Organizations 1
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 2
Portfolio Management 1
Poultry Processing 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 8
Prepress Services 3
Printing Ink Manufacturing 2
Private Mail Centers 3
Professional Employer Organizations 6
Professional Organizations 2
Quick Printing 3
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 33
Real Estate Investment Trusts 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 6
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 3
Remediation Services 1
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 14
Residential Remodelers 10
Retail Bakeries 2
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 3
Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing 1
Roofing Contractors 10
Sales Financing 6
Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing 1
Savings Institutions 7
Scheduled Freight Air Transportation 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 11
Schiffli Machine Embroidery 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 4
Security Guards and Patrol Services 17
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sewage Treatment Facilities 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 5
Shoe Stores 27
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 8
Site Preparation Contractors 11
Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing 1
Small Arms Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 32
Software Publishers 1
Software Reproducing 2
Solid Waste Collection 1
Specialty Canning 2
Sporting Goods Stores 3
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Spring (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Steel Investment Foundries 1
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 9
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Telephone Answering Services 2
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Temporary Help Services 39
Temporary Shelters 1
Testing Laboratories 9
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 3
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 5
Tire Dealers 11
Tire Retreading 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Tobacco Stores 4
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Tradebinding and Related Work 5
Travel Agencies 4
Used Car Dealers 26
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 4
Used Merchandise Stores 5
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 9
Video Tape and Disc Rental 10
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 34
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 16
Women's Clothing Stores 21
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 2
Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing 1
Yarn Spinning Mills 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Ontario and it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

Our advice is to evaluate the possibility of your buying a franchise opportunity. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Growth Trends in Franchising. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Papa John's International and A Place To Tan. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Restaurant Franchises and Modeling Franchises.

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

Naming the Company

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.

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.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Branding Advice.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Ontario, it's critical that you ensure that you will be the only California company using the business name you have chosen.

Forming a Company in Ontario, California

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in California, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in California. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate in any state you would like to. 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. To learn the basics of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as ESOP Formation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Ontario, California, our information on Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Writing a business plan is critical in laying a solid foundation for your business success. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Failure to write a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

If writing a business plan is on your to-do list, be sure to read Find Sample Business Plans Online. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in California.

Building Up Your Sales

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Ontario business, you need to focus on sales.

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

How to Build and Motivate a Sales Team offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Ontario, California, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local California educational institutions. We also recommend you look into networking groups or organizations in which Ontario entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Now It's Up To You

As an entrepreneur in Ontario, 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.

We are here to help Ontario businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Ontario, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Ontario, California

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