January 15, 2021  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Missouri Entrepreneurs  
  Springfield, Missouri Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Springfield, Missouri

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

Are You Ready for the Challenges of Being an Entrepreneur?

Before quitting your day job, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Springfield. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • You should read The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

Springfield, Missouri Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 210940
5-9 Employees 84360
10-19 Employees 62500
20-49 Employees 48960
50-99 Employees 14940
100-249 Employees 9420
250-499 Employees 1680
500-999 Employees 1320
1000+ Employees 420
All Springfield Businesses 434540

As a new Springfield entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Springfield 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
Advertising Agencies 25
Air and Gas Compressor Manufacturing 1
Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries 1
Ambulance Services 2
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 4
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 41
Armored Car Services 3
Art Dealers 1
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 2
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automobile Manufacturing 3
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 11
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 10
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 47
Automotive Transmission Repair 6
Baked Goods Stores 2
Barber Shops 3
Beauty Salons 86
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 4
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 22
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Blood and Organ Banks 3
Boat Dealers 5
Book Publishers 3
Book Stores 15
Bowling Centers 5
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 2
Building Inspection Services 4
Business Associations 11
Business to Business Electronic Markets 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 6
Cafeterias 8
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 27
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 8
Caterers 3
Cemeteries and Crematories 6
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 11
Child Day Care Services 51
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 9
Civic and Social Organizations 31
Claims Adjusting 11
Clothing Accessories Stores 8
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 12
Collection Agencies 15
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Flexographic Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 23
Commercial Photography 4
Commercial Screen Printing 8
Commodity Contracts Dealing 2
Community Food Services 5
Computer and Software Stores 11
Computer Facilities Management Services 2
Computer Systems Design Services 19
Computer Training 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 3
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 4
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 2
Consumer Lending 26
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 4
Convenience Stores 7
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 4
Couriers 21
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 4
Credit Bureaus 2
Credit Unions 14
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 21
Dental Laboratories 10
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 11
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 6
Digital Printing 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 8
Direct Mail Advertising 3
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 3
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 7
Display Advertising 6
Document Preparation Services 7
Drafting Services 5
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 45
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 22
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 46
Electronic Auctions 1
Electronic Connector Manufacturing 1
Electronic Shopping 8
Elementary and Secondary Schools 7
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 5
Engineering Services 42
Environmental Consulting Services 4
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 7
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 11
Facilities Support Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 24
Family Planning Centers 2
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 1
Fine Arts Schools 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 28
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 26
Floor Covering Stores 18
Flooring Contractors 10
Florists 15
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 12
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 13
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 3
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 4
Framing Contractors 24
Freight Transportation Arrangement 17
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 1
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Full-Service Restaurants 189
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 9
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 7
Furniture Stores 42
General Automotive Repair 77
General Freight Trucking, Local 21
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4
General Rental Centers 9
General Warehousing and Storage 9
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 42
Glass and Glazing Contractors 3
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 5
Grantmaking Foundations 4
Graphic Design Services 18
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 7
Hardware Stores 9
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Heavy Duty Truck Manufacturing 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 19
Home Centers 5
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 5
Home Health Care Services 23
Home Health Equipment Rental 5
Homes for the Elderly 10
Household Appliance Stores 16
Human Rights Organizations 2
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 3
Industrial Launderers 6
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 206
Interior Design Services 11
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Internet Service Providers 7
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Investigation Services 4
Investment Advice 13
Janitorial Services 45
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 26
Junior Colleges 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 17
Landscape Architectural Services 2
Landscaping Services 74
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 12
Libraries and Archives 1
Lime Manufacturing 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 205
Limousine Service 3
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 4
Locksmiths 4
Logging 1
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Machine Shops 12
Mail-Order Houses 10
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 8
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 13
Masonry Contractors 37
Mattress Manufacturing 2
Meat Markets 2
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Media Buying Agencies 1
Media Representatives 4
Medical Laboratories 10
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 8
Metal Stamping 2
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 8
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Miscellaneous Intermediation 4
Mobile Food Services 5
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 15
Motion Picture and Video Production 9
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 7
Motor Vehicle Towing 8
Motorcycle Dealers 10
Museums 6
Music Publishers 2
Musical Groups and Artists 6
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 6
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 2
Nail Salons 3
New Car Dealers 26
New Housing Operative Builders 22
Newspaper Publishers 6
Nonresidential Property Managers 12
Nursing Care Facilities 17
Office Administrative Services 13
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 9
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 10
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 3
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 57
Offices of Chiropractors 33
Offices of Dentists 115
Offices of Lawyers 195
Offices of Optometrists 12
Offices of Other Holding Companies 6
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 24
One-Hour Photofinishing 2
Optical Goods Stores 17
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 8
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Packing and Crating 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 10
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 35
Parking Lots and Garages 1
Passenger Car Rental 5
Payroll Services 4
Periodical Publishers 11
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 9
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 9
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 31
Photography Studios, Portrait 20
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 3
Political Organizations 8
Portfolio Management 5
Poultry Processing 3
Prepress Services 2
Private Mail Centers 11
Professional Employer Organizations 3
Professional Organizations 8
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 4
Radio Networks 2
Radio Stations 12
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 4
Real Estate Credit 25
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Remediation Services 4
Repossession Services 1
Residential Property Managers 35
Residential Remodelers 40
Retail Bakeries 4
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 4
Roofing Contractors 21
Rooming and Boarding Houses 6
Sales Financing 5
Savings Institutions 14
Sawmills 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 3
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 47
Security Guards and Patrol Services 11
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 6
Shoe Stores 26
Siding Contractors 9
Sign Manufacturing 10
Site Preparation Contractors 12
Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 44
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 4
Solid Waste Collection 7
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sound Recording Studios 2
Special Needs Transportation 3
Sporting Goods Stores 25
Sports and Recreation Instruction 14
Sports Teams and Clubs 1
Storage Battery Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 22
Taxi Service 2
Telecommunications Resellers 2
Telemarketing Bureaus 7
Telephone Answering Services 2
Television Broadcasting 4
Temporary Help Services 22
Temporary Shelters 3
Testing Laboratories 6
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 6
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 6
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 23
Tire Retreading 3
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 14
Tobacco Stores 6
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2
Tour Operators 2
Tradebinding and Related Work 1
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 15
Truck Trailer Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 52
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 12
Used Merchandise Stores 26
Vending Machine Operators 5
Veterinary Services 25
Video Tape and Disc Rental 24
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 9
Voluntary Health Organizations 7
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 5
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Web Search Portals 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 34
Window Treatment Stores 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 23
Women's Clothing Stores 40
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 3
Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing 1
Wood Preservation 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 2
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Springfield Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Missouri. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Springfield.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Naming the Company

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.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in Springfield, it's very important that you make sure no Missouri company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Obtaining startup financing for your Springfield business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

The good news is this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

For Springfield entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, you'll want to take a look at our List of Missouri Angel Investors and our List of Missouri Venture Capital Firms.

Promoting Your New Company

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

We have some useful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Marketing Basics is a good read to get your marketing thoughts flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Interviews With Springfield Entrepreneurs

Here, we'll keep a running list of interviews we've had with Springfield entrepreneurs.

Never Give Up

You have a dream -- starting a business in Springfield. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Springfield and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Springfield entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Springfield, Missouri

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



Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs

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Raising Money


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