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Start a Business in Shakopee, Minnesota
Are you starting a business in Shakopee, Minnesota? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Shakopee.
Is Becoming a Business Owner Right for You?
Most startup ventures do not succeed, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the tenacity and/or the skills to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.
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:
- Speak with other entrepreneurs in Shakopee. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
- You should read Business Failure. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
- Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.
Shakopee, Minnesota Demographic Information
Shakopee has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Shakopee demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Shakopee.
As a new Shakopee entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Shakopee 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.
What About Buying an Existing Shakopee Business?
We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Minnesota. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Shakopee.
If you are intent on buying a business, you may want to read this article: How to Buy a Business.
Naming the Business
Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.
Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.
For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.
There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Shakopee, it's imperative that you check now that no other Minnesota company is using the business name you want to use.
Don't Skip the Business Plan
A business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.
To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Minnesota.
Bring in Revenues
Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Shakopee business to do well.
Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.
Most new Shakopee 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 Shakopee and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Shakopee, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Shakopee, Minnesota
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Shakopee.
- Resources for Shakopee, Minnesota Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Shakopee entrepreneurs.
- Minnesota Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Small Business Development Center - The Minnesota Small Business Development Centers provide no-cost, professional business consulting to Minnesota small businesses covering a variety of business needs.
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