Alaska Business Startup Guides
Opening a Business in Petersburg, Alaska
Contemplating starting a business in Petersburg, Alaska? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Petersburg.
Petersburg, Alaska Demographic Information
Petersburg has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Petersburg demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Petersburg.
As a new Petersburg entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Petersburg 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.
Is Franchising a Better Option?
Browse the Yellow Pages for Petersburg and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?
We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Franchising and Veterans. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.
You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.
Representative franchise opportunities include Penn Station East Coast Subs and The Mail Box Stores. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Seafood Restaurant Franchises and Employment and Staffing Franchises.
Note on Petersburg Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Petersburg.
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.
Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.
For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.
As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Petersburg, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Alaska business.
Startup Financing Basics
Raising money to fund your new Petersburg business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.
To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Realistic Debt Financing Options.
Getting the Word Out About Your New Business
To rise above the crowd in Petersburg and accelerate your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.
We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Advertising in Magazines is a good read to get your marketing thoughts flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.
The Art of Selling
Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Petersburg or are selling to customers throughout Alaska, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.
The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.
You have a dream -- starting a business in Petersburg. 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.
We are here to help Petersburg businesses to be successful. 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 Petersburg, Alaska
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Petersburg.
- Resources for Petersburg, Alaska Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Petersburg entrepreneurs.
- Alaska Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Alaska.
- Alaska Small Business Development Center - The Alaska Small Business Development Center, which is hosted by the University of Alaska and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, has assisted businesses by providing free, confidential technical business assistance and low-cost business training in Alaska for twenty years.
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