October 24, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for California Entrepreneurs  
  Poway, California Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Poway, California

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before announcing to the world that you are going to start your own business, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Poway. 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.

Poway, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2605
5-9 Employees 717
10-19 Employees 546
20-49 Employees 423
50-99 Employees 150
100-249 Employees 111
250-499 Employees 24
500-999 Employees 9
1000+ Employees 3
All Poway Businesses 4588

As a new Poway entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Poway 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
Ambulance Services 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Architectural Services 3
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Automotive Transmission Repair 3
Baked Goods Stores 2
Beauty Salons 15
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 5
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Book Publishers 1
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 5
Caterers 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 18
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 4
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Flexographic Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 5
Commercial Screen Printing 6
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Systems Design Services 20
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 3
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 3
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Credit Unions 3
Custom Computer Programming Services 13
Dental Laboratories 2
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 3
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Direct Mail Advertising 4
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 3
Discount Department Stores 3
Display Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 4
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 3
Educational Support Services 2
Electrical Contractors 24
Electronic Computer Manufacturing 3
Electronic Shopping 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 4
Engineering Services 30
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 3
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 5
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 9
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Flooring Contractors 6
Florists 5
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Food Service Contractors 3
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Framing Contractors 4
Freight Transportation Arrangement 4
Full-Service Restaurants 36
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
General Automotive Repair 15
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 4
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 4
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 2
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 4
Home Health Care Services 2
Homes for the Elderly 5
Household Appliance Stores 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Design Services 2
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 18
Interior Design Services 4
Investment Advice 2
Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Janitorial Services 15
Jewelry Stores 3
Land Subdivision 1
Landscape Architectural Services 2
Landscaping Services 23
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 47
Limousine Service 1
Locksmiths 2
Machine Shops 6
Marketing Consulting Services 8
Masonry Contractors 5
Meat Markets 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Metal Stamping 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 6
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 2
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Musical Groups and Artists 2
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Nail Salons 5
New Car Dealers 10
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 3
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 14
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 6
Offices of Chiropractors 13
Offices of Dentists 60
Offices of Lawyers 17
Offices of Optometrists 5
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 4
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 9
Passenger Car Rental 3
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Political Organizations 1
Portfolio Management 2
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 4
Primary Smelting and Refining of Copper 1
Private Mail Centers 3
Professional Employer Organizations 3
Professional Organizations 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 2
Real Estate Investment Trusts 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 10
Residential Remodelers 18
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 2
Schiffli Machine Embroidery 1
Secondary Market Financing 1
Securities Brokerage 4
Security Guards and Patrol Services 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 2
Shoe Stores 1
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 8
Software Publishers 5
Specialty Canning 1
Sporting Goods Stores 4
Sports and Recreation Instruction 5
Tax Preparation Services 6
Telecommunications Resellers 3
Temporary Help Services 4
Testing Laboratories 4
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 3
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Agencies 2
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 11
Used Merchandise Stores 3
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 7
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 12
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Poway Business?

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

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

Naming the Company

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Poway, it's very important that you make sure no California company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Forming a Company in Poway, California

A critical step is ensuring that you form your business as a legal structure. The main advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation 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, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in California. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. 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. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Getting an EIN. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Poway, California, our web page covering Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Indeed, 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.

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

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Obtaining startup financing for your Poway business requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising money, such as Attracting Investors.

For Poway entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, you'll want to take a look at our List of California Angel Investors and our List of California Venture Capital Firms.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Poway. 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 Poway businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Poway entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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