August 13, 2020  
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Opening a Business in Springfield, Ohio

Contemplating starting a business in Springfield, Ohio? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Springfield.

Springfield, Ohio 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 58740
5-9 Employees 30180
10-19 Employees 18060
20-49 Employees 12120
50-99 Employees 5400
100-249 Employees 2580
250-499 Employees 660
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 300
All Springfield Businesses 128040

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
Advertising Agencies 1
Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries 1
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Ambulance Services 1
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Architectural Services 3
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 5
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 16
Automotive Transmission Repair 3
Baked Goods Stores 1
Barber Shops 2
Beauty Salons 37
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 19
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Boat Dealers 2
Book Stores 5
Bowling Centers 3
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 5
Cafeterias 4
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 4
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Caterers 4
Cemeteries and Crematories 3
Child and Youth Services 4
Child Day Care Services 15
Civic and Social Organizations 26
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 5
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Bakeries 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 4
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Community Food Services 4
Computer and Software Stores 6
Computer Systems Design Services 3
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 2
Consumer Lending 4
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2
Convenience Stores 16
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 9
Custom Computer Programming Services 4
Dental Laboratories 2
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 2
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 4
Document Preparation Services 1
Drafting Services 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 34
Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 5
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 4
Electrical Contractors 14
Electronic Shopping 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 9
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Employment Placement Agencies 2
Engineering Services 8
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 2
Fabric Coating Mills 1
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 4
Family Planning Centers 2
Fine Arts Schools 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 8
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 6
Flight Training 2
Floor Covering Stores 3
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 9
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 3
Food Service Contractors 11
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Framing Contractors 5
Freight Transportation Arrangement 3
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 2
Full-Service Restaurants 38
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 7
Furniture Stores 7
General Automotive Repair 22
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 4
General Warehousing and Storage 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 10
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 7
Grantmaking Foundations 3
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Heavy Duty Truck Manufacturing 3
Historical Sites 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 7
Home Centers 2
Home Health Care Services 6
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 5
Household Appliance Stores 5
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 40
Investment Advice 6
Iron and Steel Forging 1
Janitorial Services 18
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 10
Land Subdivision 2
Landscaping Services 23
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 2
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 74
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Locksmiths 2
Logging 1
Machine Shops 13
Mail-Order Houses 4
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marinas 1
Masonry Contractors 7
Meat Markets 2
Meat Processed from Carcasses 2
Medical Laboratories 2
Men's Clothing Stores 2
Metal Heat Treating 2
Metal Stamping 6
Miscellaneous Intermediation 2
Mobile Food Services 3
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 4
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Museums 1
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 4
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 6
New Housing Operative Builders 3
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 11
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 3
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 4
Offices of Chiropractors 7
Offices of Dentists 38
Offices of Lawyers 49
Offices of Optometrists 12
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 4
Optical Goods Stores 4
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 5
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 10
Paper Industry Machinery Manufacturing 2
Parking Lots and Garages 2
Passenger Car Rental 1
Periodical Publishers 2
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 4
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 16
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 2
Political Organizations 1
Portfolio Management 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 4
Private Mail Centers 1
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 2
Quick Printing 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 3
Real Estate Credit 7
Recreational Goods Rental 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Property Managers 5
Residential Remodelers 15
Retail Bakeries 2
Roofing Contractors 8
Rooming and Boarding Houses 8
Savings Institutions 6
Securities Brokerage 8
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Setup Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 2
Shoe Stores 11
Siding Contractors 6
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 10
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 11
Solid Waste Collection 3
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 8
Sports and Recreation Instruction 2
Spring (Light Gauge) Manufacturing 2
Tax Preparation Services 9
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Temporary Help Services 7
Temporary Shelters 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 9
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Tobacco Stores 4
Used Car Dealers 8
Used Merchandise Stores 10
Vending Machine Operators 2
Veterinary Services 9
Video Tape and Disc Rental 7
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 4
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 4
Women's Clothing Stores 12
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 2

Have You Considered Franchising?

Visit the business district of Springfield and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Is franchising maybe a better way for you to start your business?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Buying an Existing Franchise. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Representative franchise opportunities include Showcolate Fondue Express and Jazzercise. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Carpet Care Franchises and Deli Restaurant Franchises.

Note on Springfield Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Springfield, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Springfield Business?

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

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

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Find Sample Business Plans Online. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Ohio.

Marketing Your New Business

To rise above the crowd in Springfield and advance your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. When to Get a Toll Free Number discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Bring in Revenues

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Springfield business to do well.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Why Salespeople Fail is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Next Steps

Most new Springfield businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

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

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Springfield and throughout the United States . 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, Ohio

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

  • Resources for Springfield, Ohio Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Springfield entrepreneurs.
  • Ohio Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Ohio.
  • Ohio Small Business Development Center - Whether you're starting your business, expanding your business, or just looking to stay in business, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDCs of Ohio) can help with professional guidance by connecting you with research, financing sources, and training opportunities.



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