May 29, 2020  
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Start a Business in Sparta, Wisconsin

Are you starting a business in Sparta, Wisconsin? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Sparta.

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you 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 Opening a Construction Companies Business guide or our Opening a Recreation Areas Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are starting a business in Sparta. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Sparta. Don't forget to review Sparta demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Sparta, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 5211
5-9 Employees 1944
10-19 Employees 1782
20-49 Employees 1053
50-99 Employees 243
100-249 Employees 135
250-499 Employees 27
500-999 Employees 27
1000+ Employees 0
All Sparta Businesses 10422

As a new Sparta entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Sparta 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Ambulance Services 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 5
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Boat Building 1
Bowling Centers 1
Broom, Brush, and Mop Manufacturing 1
Business Associations 2
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child Day Care Services 4
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Computer and Software Stores 1
Credit Unions 2
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 14
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 8
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 3
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 3
Framing Contractors 1
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Full-Service Restaurants 15
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 6
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Hardware Stores 1
Homes for the Elderly 5
Household Appliance Stores 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 12
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 2
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 9
Machine Shops 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Markets 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 2
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 6
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Periodical Publishers 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Quick Printing 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 3
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Travel Agencies 2
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Should You Franchise?

Visit the business district of Sparta and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

Most business experts recommend that you look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Protecting Your Franchise Territory. 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 Club Z In-Home Tutoring and LDI Reproprinting Centers. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Bookstore Franchises and Personal Services Franchises.

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

Naming the Company

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

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 starting a business in Sparta, it's very important that you make sure no other Wisconsin company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Sparta, Wisconsin

It's essential that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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

Incorporating 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. If you are starting a business in Wisconsin, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Wisconsin. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Registered Agents. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Sparta, Wisconsin, our information on Incorporating in Wisconsin may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Wisconsin.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Sparta business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

The good news is this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Realistic Debt Financing Options.

For Sparta entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, we have assembled a List of Wisconsin Angel Investors and our List of Wisconsin Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Company

Whether your goal is to attract Sparta customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a solid marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Phone Book Advertising Costs is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Sparta. 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.

We are here to help Sparta businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Sparta entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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