January 24, 2021  
 
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  Stockton, Kansas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Stockton, Kansas

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

Stockton, Kansas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 1269
5-9 Employees 432
10-19 Employees 81
20-49 Employees 81
50-99 Employees 27
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Stockton Businesses 1890

As a new Stockton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Stockton 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
Businesses
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Child and Youth Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Community Food Services 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Electric Power Distribution 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
General Automotive Repair 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 2
Optical Goods Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Savings Institutions 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Truck Trailer Manufacturing 1
Veterinary Services 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Stockton, it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Five Franchise Opportunities To Watch. 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.

Sample franchise opportunities include Tiffany Marble Molds International Inc. and 3 Tomatoes & a Mozzarella. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Dry Cleaning & Laundry Franchises and Kid Friendly Franchises.

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

Naming the Company

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

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: Branding Advice.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Stockton, it's imperative that you check now that no Kansas company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Software. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Kansas.

Letting the World Know You Exist

Whether your goal is to attract Stockton customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your succeeding.

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

Selling Tips

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

The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Anticipating Prospect Responses is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Now It's Up To You

Most new Stockton 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 Stockton 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.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Stockton, Kansas

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

 

 

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