October 24, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Alabama Entrepreneurs  
  Tuscaloosa, Alabama Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 3599
5-9 Employees 1914
10-19 Employees 1296
20-49 Employees 927
50-99 Employees 309
100-249 Employees 168
250-499 Employees 36
500-999 Employees 6
1000+ Employees 12
All Tuscaloosa Businesses 8267

As a new Tuscaloosa entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Tuscaloosa 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 5
Ambulance Services 3
Amusement Arcades 2
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 3
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 7
Art Dealers 2
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 4
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 22
Automotive Transmission Repair 4
Barber Shops 3
Beauty Salons 30
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 8
Bowling Centers 2
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 6
Cable and Other Program Distribution 5
Cafeterias 6
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 5
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 6
Child and Youth Services 5
Child Day Care Services 26
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 5
Civic and Social Organizations 18
Claims Adjusting 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Collection Agencies 2
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 5
Commercial Screen Printing 4
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 7
Computer Systems Design Services 4
Computer Training 1
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Consumer Lending 11
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 3
Convenience Stores 10
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Cotton Ginning 1
Couriers 4
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 16
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 7
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Deep Sea Passenger Transportation 1
Dental Laboratories 2
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 2
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 6
Direct Mail Advertising 2
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 2
Discount Department Stores 1
Display Advertising 2
Drafting Services 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 14
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 4
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 7
Electrical Contractors 14
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Engineering Services 21
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 9
Facilities Support Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 13
Fine Arts Schools 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 4
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 11
Floor Covering Stores 6
Flooring Contractors 7
Florists 7
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 2
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 7
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 3
Framing Contractors 5
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 66
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 6
Furniture Stores 18
General Automotive Repair 22
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 2
General Warehousing and Storage 5
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 17
Glass and Glazing Contractors 4
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 5
Grantmaking Foundations 6
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 2
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Historical Sites 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 7
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 6
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 2
Household Appliance Stores 5
Hydroelectric Power Generation 1
Industrial Building Construction 4
Industrial Launderers 1
Industrial Sand Mining 1
Inland Water Freight Transportation 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 36
Interior Design Services 4
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 3
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 4
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Janitorial Services 22
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 20
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 2
Landscaping Services 34
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 103
Limousine Service 1
Locksmiths 2
Logging 5
Machine Shops 7
Mail-Order Houses 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 4
Marine Cargo Handling 1
Marketing Consulting Services 2
Masonry Contractors 18
Meat Markets 1
Media Buying Agencies 1
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 3
Men's Clothing Stores 8
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 2
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 2
Miscellaneous Intermediation 3
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 5
Motion Picture and Video Production 2
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 4
Motorcycle Dealers 2
Museums 1
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 3
Nail Salons 2
Natural Gas Distribution 2
New Car Dealers 16
New Housing Operative Builders 5
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 4
Nonwoven Fabric Mills 1
Nursing Care Facilities 5
Office Administrative Services 11
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 7
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 24
Offices of Chiropractors 8
Offices of Dentists 45
Offices of Lawyers 109
Offices of Optometrists 4
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 8
One-Hour Photofinishing 2
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 10
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 3
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 4
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 16
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Passenger Car Rental 1
Periodical Publishers 4
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Petroleum Refineries 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 22
Photography Studios, Portrait 10
Political Organizations 1
Portfolio Management 3
Poultry Processing 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 2
Public Relations Agencies 3
Quick Printing 4
Radio Stations 11
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 3
Real Estate Credit 8
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Property Managers 17
Residential Remodelers 22
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 7
Rooming and Boarding Houses 28
Sales Financing 3
Savings Institutions 4
Sawmills 3
Securities Brokerage 7
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 15
Siding Contractors 2
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 15
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 8
Software Publishers 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Solid Waste Landfill 2
Sporting Goods Stores 8
Sports and Recreation Instruction 6
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tax Preparation Services 5
Taxi Service 2
Telecommunications Resellers 2
Telemarketing Bureaus 1
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Help Services 13
Temporary Shelters 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 3
Timber Tract Operations 1
Tire Dealers 15
Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading) 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 9
Tobacco Stores 2
Tradebinding and Related Work 1
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 21
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 2
Used Merchandise Stores 10
Vending Machine Operators 3
Veterinary Services 13
Video Tape and Disc Rental 9
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 3
Voluntary Health Organizations 2
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 3
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Web Search Portals 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 12
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 4
Women's Clothing Stores 21
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Should You Franchise?

Visit the business district of Tuscaloosa and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Multi-Unit Franchising. 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.

Representative franchise opportunities include A Taste of Philly and IDENT-A-Kid Services of America, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as B2B Franchises and Hair Styling Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Tuscaloosa Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Alabama. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Tuscaloosa.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Buying a Business.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Find Sample Business Plans Online. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Alabama.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Tuscaloosa business is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Choosing VC Firms.

For Tuscaloosa entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, browse our List of Alabama Angel Investors and our List of Alabama Venture Capital Firms.

Promoting Your New Company

Whether your goal is to attract Tuscaloosa customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Advertising on Google 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.

Never Give Up

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Tuscaloosa and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Tuscaloosa, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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