August 13, 2020  
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Open a Business in Truckee, California

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

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Free Business Ideas.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Financial Counselors Business guide or our Starting a Satellite Television Equipment Dealers Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Truckee. If Truckee already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. A critical consideration is whether Truckee demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Truckee, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1583
5-9 Employees 468
10-19 Employees 276
20-49 Employees 147
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 3
1000+ Employees 3
All Truckee Businesses 2519

As a new Truckee entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Truckee 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
Architectural Services 10
Art Dealers 4
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 3
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Book Stores 2
Business Associations 2
Car Washes 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 5
Caterers 2
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 4
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Convenience Stores 5
Couriers 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 8
Dental Laboratories 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Drafting Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 6
Educational Support Services 1
Electrical Contractors 13
Engineering Services 11
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 4
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 6
Farm Management Services 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 9
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 6
Floor Covering Stores 3
Flooring Contractors 3
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Framing Contractors 4
Full-Service Restaurants 24
Furniture Stores 4
General Automotive Repair 8
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 5
Glass and Glazing Contractors 3
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 6
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 7
Interior Design Services 3
Internet Service Providers 2
Janitorial Services 10
Jewelry Stores 3
Land Subdivision 2
Landscape Architectural Services 5
Landscaping Services 13
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 14
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Locksmiths 1
Logging 1
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Masonry Contractors 5
Men's Clothing Stores 2
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 7
Motor Vehicle Towing 3
Museums 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Housing Operative Builders 4
Nonresidential Property Managers 2
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 5
Offices of Chiropractors 6
Offices of Dentists 9
Offices of Lawyers 15
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Optical Goods Stores 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 19
Passenger Car Rental 1
Periodical Publishers 2
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Portfolio Management 1
Prepress Services 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Public Relations Agencies 3
Quick Printing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Property Managers 3
Residential Remodelers 28
Roofing Contractors 8
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Shoe Stores 2
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 11
Skiing Facilities 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Sporting Goods Stores 9
Sports and Recreation Instruction 4
Tax Preparation Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 5
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 3
Tour Operators 1
Travel Agencies 2
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 6
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3
Women's Clothing Stores 4

Have You Considered Franchising?

Visit the business district of Truckee and you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as How Franchises Work. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Clean & Happy Windows and Michel's Baguette Bakery Café. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Embroidery Franchises and Meal Preparation Franchises.

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

Choosing a Company Name

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Truckee, it's critical that you ensure that no other California company is using the business name you want to use.

Company Formation in Truckee, California

A critical step is ensuring that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in California, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in California. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Getting an EIN. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Truckee, California, our information on Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. In effect, 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 Business Presentations. You should also take advantage of free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in California.

Now It's Up To You

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

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 Truckee and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Truckee, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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