October 24, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Arkansas Entrepreneurs  
  Van Buren, Arkansas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Van Buren, Arkansas

Are you starting a business in Van Buren, Arkansas? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Van Buren.

Which Business to Choose?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Free Business Ideas.

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 a Concrete Construction Equipment & Supplies Rental & Leasing Business guide or our How to Start a Metal Doors, Sash, & Trim Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Remember that starting a business in Van Buren has some implications. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Van Buren. Don't forget to review Van Buren demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Van Buren, Arkansas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 5450
5-9 Employees 1920
10-19 Employees 1230
20-49 Employees 990
50-99 Employees 225
100-249 Employees 180
250-499 Employees 75
500-999 Employees 15
1000+ Employees 30
All Van Buren Businesses 10115

As a new Van Buren entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Van Buren 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
Ambulance Services 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 7
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Beauty Salons 4
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 2
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 1
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 5
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 3
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 3
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Convenience Stores 4
Couriers 2
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 4
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 2
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 3
Educational Support Services 2
Electrical Contractors 7
Engineering Services 7
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 5
Floor Covering Stores 2
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 3
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Framing Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 5
Fruit and Vegetable Canning 1
Full-Service Restaurants 14
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 9
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Hardware Stores 1
Home Centers 2
Home Health Care Services 3
Homes for the Elderly 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 17
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 4
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 5
Limited-Service Restaurants 15
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 2
Machine Shops 4
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Masonry Contractors 3
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
New Car Dealers 2
New Housing Operative Builders 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Office Administrative Services 1
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 3
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 10
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 4
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 7
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Political Organizations 1
Poultry Processing 4
Professional Organizations 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Remodelers 4
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 3
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 2
Shoe Stores 1
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 11
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 3
Solid Waste Collection 3
Sound Recording Studios 1
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Steel Wire Drawing 1
Tax Preparation Services 3
Telecommunications Resellers 2
Temporary Help Services 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 3
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 9
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wet Corn Milling 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Van Buren, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as The Franchising Process. 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 ProSpection and Assist-2-Sell. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Framing Store Franchises and Juice Bar Franchises / Smoothie Franchises.

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

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Arkansas.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Van Buren customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your business achieving its goals.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Customer Loyalty Programs is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Successful business owners recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Van Buren, Arkansas, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Arkansas universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also smart to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Van Buren entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Van Buren. 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.

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

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