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Starting a Business in Providence, Kentucky

Thinking about starting a business in Providence, Kentucky? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Providence.

Providence, Kentucky Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Providence Businesses

As a new Providence entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Providence 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Beauty Salons
Bituminous Coal Underground Mining
Child Day Care Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Consumer Lending
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Family Clothing Stores
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Homes for the Elderly
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Limited-Service Restaurants
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers
Paint and Wallpaper Stores
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Plate Work Manufacturing
Used Merchandise Stores
Veterinary Services
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Providence, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Buying an Existing Franchise. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Dollar Store Express and Groucho's Deli. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Dollar Store Franchises and Dry Cleaning & Laundry Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Providence Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Kentucky. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Providence.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Company Formation in Providence, Kentucky

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

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. Just because you are starting a business in Kentucky, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Kentucky. As it turns out, you can incorporate wherever you want. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Why Incorporate in Delaware. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Providence, Kentucky, our information on Incorporating in Kentucky may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Kentucky.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Providence business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Business Credit Evaluation.

For Providence entrepreneurs who need startup capital, you'll want to take a look at our List of Kentucky Angel Investors and our List of Kentucky Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Startup

To rise above the crowd in Providence and build your business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Billboard Advertising Costs discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

How to Sell

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Providence business to do well.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Anticipating Prospect Responses offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Never Give Up

Most new Providence businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Providence 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 Providence, Kentucky

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

  • Resources for Providence, Kentucky Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Providence entrepreneurs.
  • Kentucky Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Small Business Development Center - The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) has been assisting Kentucky small business community for more than 25 years. KSBDC is co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is administered by the University of Kentucky in partnership with regional universities, community and private colleges, and the private sector.

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