August 13, 2020  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Kansas Entrepreneurs  
  Seneca, Kansas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Seneca, Kansas

Need help starting a business in Seneca, Kansas? We've got the information you need to open a business in Seneca.

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before you get too far along in the process, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Reach out to other entrepreneurs in Seneca. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • Peruse Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. This is one of our more popular articles for folks who want to go into business for themselves.
  • 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.

Seneca, Kansas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 2040
5-9 Employees 888
10-19 Employees 504
20-49 Employees 264
50-99 Employees 48
100-249 Employees 72
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Seneca Businesses 3816

As a new Seneca entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Seneca 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
Beauty Salons 2
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Caterers 1
Child Day Care Services 5
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 3
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Flour Milling 1
Full-Service Restaurants 7
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hardware Stores 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Home Centers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Landscaping Services 2
Masonry Contractors 1
New Car Dealers 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 4
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Portfolio Management 1
Quick Printing 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Remodelers 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Kansas.

Raising Funding for Your Venture

Getting your Seneca 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 Borrowing Money from Friends and Family.

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

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Seneca business, you need a solid marketing plan.

You can learn plenty about marketing on our site. Seven Marketing Ideas for Your Small Business is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

Given that you are starting a business in Seneca, Kansas, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Kansas educational institutions. It's also smart to see if there are any Seneca networking organizations.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Seneca. 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 Seneca and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Seneca, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Seneca, Kansas

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

 

 

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