August 11, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Mississippi Entrepreneurs  
  Vicksburg, Mississippi Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Starting a Business in Vicksburg, Mississippi

Thinking about starting a business in Vicksburg, Mississippi? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Vicksburg.

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Running your own business is difficult, much more challenging than working as an employee. Are you sure you are ready to take on this challenge?

Before you move forward with starting a business, be sure to do these three things:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Vicksburg. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Vicksburg, Mississippi Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 3430
5-9 Employees 1470
10-19 Employees 786
20-49 Employees 570
50-99 Employees 228
100-249 Employees 84
250-499 Employees 36
500-999 Employees 42
1000+ Employees 6
All Vicksburg Businesses 6652

As a new Vicksburg entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Vicksburg 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
Amusement Arcades 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 2
Architectural Services 2
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 3
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 8
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 9
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 3
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 6
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 2
Book Stores 4
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 2
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Casino Hotels 3
Casinos (except Casino Hotels) 1
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 19
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 2
Civic and Social Organizations 7
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Flexographic Printing 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Computer and Software Stores 3
Computer Facilities Management Services 2
Computer Systems Design Services 4
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 7
Convenience Stores 4
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Cotton Ginning 1
Couriers 2
Credit Unions 4
Custom Computer Programming Services 3
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 8
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 11
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 4
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 4
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 5
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 5
Floor Covering Stores 3
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 4
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Framing Contractors 3
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 25
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 5
General Automotive Repair 14
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 3
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 8
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 2
Hardware Stores 4
Historical Sites 1
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 3
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Household Appliance Stores 4
Industrial Building Construction 1
Inland Water Freight Transportation 2
Inland Water Passenger Transportation 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 19
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 2
Janitorial Services 6
Jewelry Stores 5
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 5
Landscaping Services 12
Limited-Service Restaurants 38
Locksmiths 1
Logging 6
Machine Shops 3
Mail-Order Houses 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 4
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Men's Clothing Stores 3
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 3
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Museums 3
New Car Dealers 6
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 7
Office Administrative Services 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 11
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 18
Offices of Lawyers 27
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Optical Goods Stores 4
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Paging 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 5
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Paperboard Mills 1
Payroll Services 2
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 4
Petroleum Refineries 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 9
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Plastics Bottle Manufacturing 1
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Poultry Processing 2
Private Mail Centers 1
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 1
Public Relations Agencies 1
Radio Stations 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 2
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 5
Retail Bakeries 1
Roofing Contractors 5
Savings Institutions 1
Sawmills 3
Securities Brokerage 5
Security Guards and Patrol Services 3
Sewage Treatment Facilities 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 3
Ship Building and Repairing 1
Shoe Stores 8
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 7
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 3
Software Publishers 1
Solid Waste Collection 3
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 6
Sports and Recreation Instruction 3
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 8
Temporary Help Services 5
Temporary Shelters 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 5
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Used Car Dealers 5
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Vending Machine Operators 3
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 4
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 10

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Vicksburg Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Mississippi. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Vicksburg.

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

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Plan Contests. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Mississippi.

Marketing Your New Business

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

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Search Engine Promotion is an article that will generate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

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

Moving Forward

As an entrepreneur in Vicksburg, 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.

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Vicksburg, Mississippi

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



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