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Starting a Business in Scandia, Minnesota

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Good Business Ideas.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Dance Club guide or our Starting a Tatoo Parlor guide.

Always keep in mind that you are starting a business in Scandia. Some businesses will do better in Scandia than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Scandia demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Scandia, Minnesota Demographic Information

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

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

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 Scandia Businesses

As a new Scandia entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Scandia 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance
Automotive Transmission Repair
Beauty Salons
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Custom Computer Programming Services
Custom Roll Forming
Educational Support Services
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Flooring Contractors
Framing Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
General Freight Trucking, Local
Industrial Mold Manufacturing
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Janitorial Services
Landscaping Services
Miscellaneous Intermediation
Motion Picture and Video Production
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Dentists
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Residential Remodelers
Site Preparation Contractors
Temporary Help Services
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Scandia, you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. Is franchising maybe a better way for you to start your business?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Growth Trends in Franchising. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Subway Franchises and Starbucks Franchises. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Accounting Franchises and Moving Franchises.

Note on Scandia Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Scandia.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Obtaining startup financing for your Scandia business is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

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

For Scandia entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Minnesota Angel Investors and our List of Minnesota Venture Capital Firms.

Building Up Your Sales

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Scandia business, you need to focus on sales.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Why Salespeople Fail 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.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Scandia, Minnesota, you should investigate some of the many programs available at nearby Minnesota universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your entrepreneurial education is to investigate networking organizations for Scandia entrepreneurs.

Never Give Up

As an entrepreneur in Scandia, 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.

We are here to help Scandia businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Scandia, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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