April 8, 2020  
 
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  Port Allen, Louisiana Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Port Allen, Louisiana

Contemplating starting a business in Port Allen, Louisiana? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Port Allen.

Port Allen, Louisiana Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 472
5-9 Employees 234
10-19 Employees 150
20-49 Employees 153
50-99 Employees 51
100-249 Employees 39
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Port Allen Businesses 1102

As a new Port Allen entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Port Allen 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
Businesses
Architectural Services 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Beauty Salons 2
Business Associations 2
Cafeterias 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 5
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 2
Convenience Stores 3
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Electric Power Distribution 3
Electrical Contractors 7
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 2
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finfish Fishing 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Flour Milling 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 7
General Freight Trucking, Local 4
General Warehousing and Storage 3
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hardware Stores 1
Human Rights Organizations 1
Inland Water Freight Transportation 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Janitorial Services 2
Jewelry Stores 1
Kaolin and Ball Clay Mining 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 2
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 4
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 11
Machine Shops 2
Marine Cargo Handling 2
Masonry Contractors 2
Meat Markets 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 2
Navigational Services to Shipping 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 8
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Periodical Publishers 1
Petroleum Refineries 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 1
Port and Harbor Operations 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 1
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Roofing Contractors 3
Securities Brokerage 1
Ship Building and Repairing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 2
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 2
Tobacco Stores 2
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Vending Machine Operators 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Port Allen Business?

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

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

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Having a business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Louisiana.

Startup Financing Basics

Getting your Port Allen business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as 504 Loans.

For Port Allen entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Louisiana Angel Investors and our List of Louisiana Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Port Allen customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some great resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Marketing Basics is a good read to get your marketing creativity flowing. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Bring in Revenues

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Port Allen or are selling to customers throughout Louisiana, 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. The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Hiring Telemarketing Firms to Generate Sales Leads is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

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

With your business being located in Port Allen, Louisiana, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Louisiana universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also smart to see if there are any Port Allen networking organizations.

Now It's Up To You

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Port Allen and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Port Allen, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Port Allen, Louisiana

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

 

 

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