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Open a Business in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Need help starting a business in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts? We've got the information you need to open a business in Shelburne Falls.

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 261
5-9 Employees 69
10-19 Employees 60
20-49 Employees 27
50-99 Employees 3
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Shelburne Falls Businesses 420

As a new Shelburne Falls entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Shelburne Falls 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
Architectural Services 3
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Book Stores 2
Caterers 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer Training 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Framing Contractors 1
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 3
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Stores 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Internet Service Providers 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 4
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Nail Salons 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Residential Remodelers 3
Savings Institutions 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 4
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 5
Used Car Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 2
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Shelburne Falls Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Massachusetts. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Shelburne Falls.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Company Formation in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

It's very important that you form your business as a legal structure. The primary 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. Just because you are starting a business in Massachusetts, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Massachusetts. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

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 Company Formation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, our web page covering Incorporating in Massachusetts may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Massachusetts.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Plan Software. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Massachusetts.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Obtaining startup financing for your Shelburne Falls business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Business Incubators.

For Shelburne Falls entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, browse our List of Massachusetts Angel Investors and our List of Massachusetts Venture Capital Firms.

Ramping Up Sales

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Shelburne Falls or are selling to customers throughout Massachusetts, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Hiring Telemarketing Firms to Generate Sales Leads is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Moving Forward

You have a dream -- starting a business in Shelburne Falls. 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.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Shelburne Falls and throughout the United States . 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.

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