October 24, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for California Entrepreneurs  
  Tracy, California Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Tracy, California

Need help starting a business in Tracy, California? We've got the information you need to open a business in Tracy.

Is Becoming a Business Owner Right for You?

Before you get too far along in the process, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

To determine whether you have what it takes to run a business, we recommend these three steps to help you decide:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Tracy. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • You should read Business Failure. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. We recommend that you read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Starting an Assayers Business guide or our Opening a Paper Mill Machinery, Equipment, & Supplies Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Tracy. Some businesses will do better in Tracy than others. Make sure you fully understand Tracy demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Tracy, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 6975
5-9 Employees 2772
10-19 Employees 1854
20-49 Employees 1161
50-99 Employees 459
100-249 Employees 234
250-499 Employees 90
500-999 Employees 9
1000+ Employees 9
All Tracy Businesses 13563

As a new Tracy entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Tracy 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 2
Amusement Arcades 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Apprenticeship Training 1
Automobile Driving Schools 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 7
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 10
Automotive Transmission Repair 3
Beauty Salons 10
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 5
Beet Sugar Manufacturing 1
Boat Dealers 2
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 1
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 4
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 4
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Caterers 3
Charter Bus Industry 1
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 17
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 4
Clothing Accessories Stores 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 2
Computer Systems Design Services 7
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 4
Consumer Lending 3
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 5
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 5
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 10
Dental Laboratories 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Digital Printing 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 2
Discount Department Stores 2
Document Preparation Services 1
Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 6
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 3
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 22
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 6
Employment Placement Agencies 2
Engineering Services 10
Environmental Consulting Services 2
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Explosives Manufacturing 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 6
Facilities Support Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 14
Family Planning Centers 2
Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 7
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 8
Floor Covering Stores 3
Flooring Contractors 8
Florists 5
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Framing Contractors 9
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 2
Full-Service Restaurants 51
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 7
General Automotive Repair 16
General Freight Trucking, Local 10
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Warehousing and Storage 13
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 10
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Glass Container Manufacturing 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 4
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Home Centers 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 4
Household Appliance Stores 2
Hunting and Trapping 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Inland Water Passenger Transportation 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 19
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Investment Advice 2
Janitorial Services 16
Jewelry Stores 10
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 12
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 56
Limousine Service 1
Machine Shops 5
Marinas 2
Marketing Consulting Services 2
Masonry Contractors 2
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Men's Clothing Stores 3
Metal Stamping 1
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 8
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 4
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 2
Nail Salons 6
New Car Dealers 11
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 2
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 5
Offices of Chiropractors 11
Offices of Dentists 31
Offices of Lawyers 15
Offices of Optometrists 4
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Optical Goods Stores 3
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging and Labeling Services 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 12
Passenger Car Rental 1
Payroll Services 1
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 4
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 8
Photography Studios, Portrait 5
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 2
Professional Organizations 1
Quick Printing 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 13
Real Estate Investment Trusts 3
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 4
Remediation Services 1
Residential Property Managers 6
Residential Remodelers 9
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 5
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 5
Securities Brokerage 4
Security Guards and Patrol Services 2
Semiconductor Machinery Manufacturing 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 3
Shoe Stores 13
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 9
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 12
Software Publishers 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Soybean Processing 1
Special Needs Transportation 2
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Sports and Recreation Instruction 7
Tax Preparation Services 9
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Temporary Help Services 5
Temporary Shelters 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 8
Tire Dealers 8
Tire Retreading 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 4
Travel Agencies 5
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 3
Veterinary Services 6
Video Tape and Disc Rental 4
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 8
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 5
Women's Clothing Stores 7
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 2
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Tracy Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in California. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Tracy.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Tracy business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.

For Tracy entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, check out our List of California Angel Investors and our List of California Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To rise above the crowd in Tracy and build your business, you need a solid marketing plan.

You can learn plenty about marketing on our site. Bus Bench 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.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Tracy, California, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby California universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also beneficial to see if there are any networking organizations for Tracy entrepreneurs.

Moving Forward

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

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Tracy and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Tracy, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Tracy, California

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



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