June 5, 2020  
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Start a Business in Platteville, Wisconsin

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

Will You Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Being an entrepreneur is demanding, much harder than working as an employee. Are you sure you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

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

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Platteville. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Platteville, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1128
5-9 Employees 420
10-19 Employees 312
20-49 Employees 246
50-99 Employees 54
100-249 Employees 48
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Platteville Businesses 2208

As a new Platteville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Platteville 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 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 9
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 2
Caterers 1
Cheese Manufacturing 2
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 2
Credit Unions 3
Custom Computer Programming Services 2
Digital Printing 2
Discount Department Stores 2
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 7
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Electrical Contractors 3
Engineering Services 3
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 12
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 3
General Automotive Repair 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 10
Janitorial Services 2
Jewelry Stores 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 5
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 12
Machine Shops 6
Masonry Contractors 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 6
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Quick Printing 1
Real Estate Credit 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Shoe Stores 2
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 3
Tax Preparation Services 2
Taxi Service 2
Temporary Help Services 1
Temporary Shelters 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Women's Clothing Stores 2

Is Buying an Existing Platteville Business a Good Strategy?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Wisconsin. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Platteville.

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

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Creating a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Not having a business plan

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Raising Money for Your Venture

Getting your Platteville business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Bank Credit Lines.

For Platteville entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, check out our List of Wisconsin Angel Investors and our List of Wisconsin Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Platteville business, you need a great marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Telemarketing Service Costs is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

With your business being located in Platteville, Wisconsin, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Wisconsin educational institutions. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Platteville entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

What's Next?

As an entrepreneur in Platteville, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Platteville and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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 Platteville, Wisconsin

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



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Raising Money


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