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Starting a Business in South Hero, Vermont

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Most new companies fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in South Hero. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • 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.

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Free 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 starting a business in South Hero has some implications. Some businesses will do better in South Hero than others. Don't forget to review South Hero demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

South Hero, Vermont Demographic Information

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

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

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 South Hero Businesses

As a new South Hero entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in South Hero 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
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Business Associations
Community Food Services
Custom Computer Programming Services
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Educational Support Services
Full-Service Restaurants
General Automotive Repair
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores
Graphic Design Services
Hardware Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Limited-Service Restaurants
Marketing Consulting Services
New Housing Operative Builders
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Dentists
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Residential Property Managers
Residential Remodelers
Sports and Recreation Instruction
Telemarketing Bureaus
Video Tape and Disc Rental

Choosing a Company Name

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

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.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Naming a Business.

On a final note, given that you are starting a business in South Hero, it's imperative that you check now that no other Vermont company is using the business name you want to use.

Company Formation in South Hero, Vermont

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Without a legal structure for the business, you can be held personally liable for the actions, debts and obligations of your company.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Vermont, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Vermont. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 Why Incorporate in Delaware. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in South Hero, Vermont, our information on Incorporating in Vermont may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Vermont.

Raising Funding for Your Venture

Getting your South Hero business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

Recognizing this challenge, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Borrowing Money from Friends and Family.

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

Next Steps

Most new South Hero 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 South Hero 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.

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