August 9, 2020  
 
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  Trenton, Georgia Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Trenton, Georgia

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you read Evaluating Your Idea.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Livestock Producers Business guide or our Starting a Visual Training & Therapy Optometrists Business guide.

Don't forget that you are opening your new business in Trenton. Some businesses will do better in Trenton than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Trenton demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Trenton, Georgia Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 4032
5-9 Employees 1638
10-19 Employees 924
20-49 Employees 420
50-99 Employees 210
100-249 Employees 84
250-499 Employees 126
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Trenton Businesses 7434

As a new Trenton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Trenton 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 4
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Consumer Lending 4
Convenience Stores 6
Copper Wire (except Mechanical) Drawing 1
Couriers 1
Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Florists 2
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 2
Hardware Stores 2
Home Centers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Limited-Service Restaurants 8
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Machine Shops 1
Masonry Contractors 2
Media Representatives 1
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Political Organizations 1
Quick Printing 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Support Activities for Forestry 2
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 4
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Yarn Spinning Mills 1

Forming a Company in Trenton, Georgia

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The principal advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Georgia, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Georgia. As it turns out, you are allowed to incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 C Corp Versus S Corp. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Trenton, Georgia, our information on Incorporating in Georgia may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Georgia.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

A business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. You should also take advantage of free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Georgia.

Raising Capital for Your Business

Getting your Trenton 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 capital, such as Getting a Small Business Loan.

For Trenton entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, you'll want to take a look at our List of Georgia Angel Investors and our List of Georgia Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Trenton customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a great marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Advertising in the Yellow Pages is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

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

Given that you are starting a business in Trenton, Georgia, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Georgia educational institutions. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Trenton networking organizations.

What's Next?

As an entrepreneur in Trenton, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Trenton businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Trenton, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Trenton, Georgia

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

 

 

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