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Start a Business in Staunton, Illinois

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

Which Business to Choose?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Evaluating Your Idea.

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 Probate Services Business guide or our Opening a Video Adventure Game Dealers Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Staunton. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Staunton. Don't forget to review Staunton demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Staunton, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

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 Staunton Businesses

As a new Staunton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Staunton 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Baked Goods Stores
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Building Inspection Services
Car Washes
Cemeteries and Crematories
Custom Computer Programming Services
Direct Title Insurance Carriers
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Electrical Contractors
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Furniture Stores
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Hardware Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Limited-Service Restaurants
Machine Shops
Masonry Contractors
New Car Dealers
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Bank Holding Companies
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Offices of Optometrists
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Residential Remodelers
Securities Brokerage
Testing Laboratories
Used Merchandise Stores
Veterinary Services
Women's Clothing Stores

Should You Buy an Existing Staunton Business?

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

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.

Forming a Company in Staunton, Illinois

It's essential that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. 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. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Illinois, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Illinois. As it turns out, you are allowed to 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. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Where to Incorporate. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Staunton, Illinois, our information on Incorporating in Illinois may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Illinois.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Creating a business plan is critical to the health of your new business. Indeed, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Illinois.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Staunton business the capital it needs to succeed 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.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising money, such as Getting a Small Business Loan.

For Staunton entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Illinois Angel Investors and our List of Illinois Venture Capital Firms.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good business owners recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

With your business being located in Staunton, Illinois, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Illinois universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Staunton entrepreneurs.

What's Next?

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

We are here to help Staunton businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Staunton 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 Staunton, Illinois

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

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