January 15, 2021  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Florida Entrepreneurs  
  Pensacola, Florida Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Pensacola, Florida

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before quitting your day job, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Pensacola. 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.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you read Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 Starting a Frankfurters & Rolls Business guide or our Starting a Landscape Equipment & Supplies Dealers Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Pensacola. Some businesses will do better in Pensacola than others. Study Pensacola demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Pensacola, Florida Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 19526
5-9 Employees 7672
10-19 Employees 4848
20-49 Employees 3894
50-99 Employees 1164
100-249 Employees 624
250-499 Employees 144
500-999 Employees 54
1000+ Employees 36
All Pensacola Businesses 37962

As a new Pensacola entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Pensacola 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 9
Aircraft Manufacturing 1
Ambulance Services 3
Amusement Arcades 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 6
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 37
Armored Car Services 2
Art Dealers 3
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 5
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 7
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 44
Automotive Transmission Repair 5
Baked Goods Stores 4
Beauty Salons 67
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 13
Blood and Organ Banks 3
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 14
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 10
Books Printing 1
Bowling Centers 4
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 8
Burial Casket Manufacturing 1
Business Associations 13
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Cafeterias 14
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 2
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 13
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 13
Caterers 4
Cemeteries and Crematories 4
Charter Bus Industry 2
Child and Youth Services 7
Child Day Care Services 63
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 5
Civic and Social Organizations 30
Claims Adjusting 5
Clothing Accessories Stores 5
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 9
Collection Agencies 5
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Flexographic Printing 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 8
Commercial Photography 1
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Community Food Services 4
Computer and Software Stores 12
Computer Facilities Management Services 3
Computer Systems Design Services 29
Computer Training 3
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 2
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Consumer Lending 15
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 6
Convenience Stores 24
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 3
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 3
Couriers 8
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 5
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Card Issuing 1
Credit Unions 30
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 26
Dental Laboratories 14
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 11
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 4
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 12
Direct Mail Advertising 3
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 11
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Discount Department Stores 5
Display Advertising 4
Document Preparation Services 5
Drafting Services 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 53
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 39
Educational Support Services 4
Electric Power Distribution 16
Electrical Contractors 43
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 24
Emergency and Other Relief Services 3
Employment Placement Agencies 8
Engineering Services 64
Environmental Consulting Services 14
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 6
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 13
Facilities Support Services 4
Family Clothing Stores 28
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4
Fine Arts Schools 9
Finish Carpentry Contractors 36
Fish and Seafood Markets 2
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 4
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 22
Flight Training 2
Floor Covering Stores 20
Flooring Contractors 16
Florists 13
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 17
Food Service Contractors 11
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 2
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 4
Framing Contractors 18
Freight Transportation Arrangement 4
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 4
Full-Service Restaurants 151
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 13
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 5
Furniture Stores 29
General Automotive Repair 66
General Freight Trucking, Local 11
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4
General Rental Centers 6
General Warehousing and Storage 7
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 22
Glass and Glazing Contractors 5
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Grantmaking Foundations 5
Graphic Design Services 8
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 5
Hardware Stores 13
Heating Oil Dealers 1
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 10
Home Centers 4
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 6
Home Health Care Services 21
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 21
Household Appliance Stores 9
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Launderers 4
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 109
Interior Design Services 7
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 2
Internet Service Providers 6
Investigation Services 6
Investment Advice 17
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 44
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 31
Junior Colleges 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 5
Land Subdivision 10
Landscape Architectural Services 3
Landscaping Services 60
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 5
Limited-Service Restaurants 177
Limousine Service 1
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Locksmiths 3
Logging 2
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Machine Shops 10
Mail-Order Houses 4
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 4
Marinas 5
Marine Cargo Handling 2
Marketing Consulting Services 11
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 24
Materials Recovery Facilities 2
Meat Markets 2
Media Representatives 2
Medical Laboratories 3
Men's Clothing Stores 11
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 2
Miscellaneous Intermediation 2
Mobile Food Services 3
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 14
Motion Picture and Video Production 5
Motor Vehicle Towing 2
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Museums 2
Music Publishers 1
Musical Groups and Artists 3
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 6
Nail Salons 2
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 1
Navigational Services to Shipping 3
New Car Dealers 25
New Housing Operative Builders 16
Newspaper Publishers 3
Nonresidential Property Managers 9
Nursing Care Facilities 11
Office Administrative Services 17
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 9
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 11
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 51
Offices of Chiropractors 30
Offices of Dentists 105
Offices of Lawyers 182
Offices of Optometrists 14
Offices of Podiatrists 7
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 29
One-Hour Photofinishing 2
Optical Goods Stores 13
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 4
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paging 3
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 10
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 38
Parking Lots and Garages 4
Passenger Car Rental 21
Payroll Services 3
Periodical Publishers 1
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 10
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 4
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 36
Photography Studios, Portrait 13
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Port and Harbor Operations 1
Portfolio Management 3
Poultry Processing 1
Prepress Services 1
Private Mail Centers 7
Professional Employer Organizations 6
Professional Organizations 5
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 6
Racetracks 1
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 7
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 5
Real Estate Credit 27
Recreational Goods Rental 4
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 4
Remediation Services 3
Repossession Services 2
Residential Property Managers 24
Residential Remodelers 60
Retail Bakeries 5
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 6
Roofing Contractors 17
Rope, Cordage, and Twine Mills 1
Sales Financing 9
Savings Institutions 3
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 4
Securities Brokerage 27
Security Guards and Patrol Services 4
Septic Tank and Related Services 3
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 3
Shellfish Fishing 1
Ship Building and Repairing 1
Shoe Stores 27
Siding Contractors 16
Sign Manufacturing 4
Site Preparation Contractors 17
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 11
Software Publishers 6
Solid Waste Collection 2
Solid Waste Landfill 4
Sound Recording Studios 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 29
Sports and Recreation Instruction 5
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tax Preparation Services 21
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 4
Telemarketing Bureaus 3
Telephone Answering Services 1
Television Broadcasting 4
Temporary Help Services 21
Temporary Shelters 4
Testing Laboratories 3
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 22
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 30
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 15
Tobacco Stores 11
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 1
Translation and Interpretation Services 2
Travel Agencies 11
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Truss Manufacturing 4
Used Car Dealers 43
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 21
Used Merchandise Stores 22
Vending Machine Operators 6
Veterinary Services 21
Video Tape and Disc Rental 14
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 12
Voluntary Health Organizations 4
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 5
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 26
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 22
Women's Clothing Stores 34
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing 2
Wood Preservation 1
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

Visit the business district of Pensacola and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our recommendation is that you look into purchasing a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Buying an Existing Franchise. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include SaveItNow! Franchising Systems LLC and COIT Drapery & Carpet Cleaners. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Cleaning and Maintenance Franchises and Personal Services Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Pensacola Business?

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

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: How to Buy a Business.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Getting your Pensacola business the capital it needs to succeed is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

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

For Pensacola entrepreneurs who need startup capital, browse our List of Florida Angel Investors and our List of Florida Venture Capital Firms.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Pensacola, Florida, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Florida universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Pensacola networking organizations.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Pensacola. 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 Pensacola businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Pensacola, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Pensacola, Florida

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

  • Resources for Pensacola, Florida Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Pensacola entrepreneurs.
  • Florida Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Florida.
  • Florida Small Business Development Center - The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN) is a statewide economic development partnership between higher education and other stakeholder organizations dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with the assistance needed to start, grow and succeed, contributing to the Florida economy.



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