January 9, 2021  
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  Washington, Indiana Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Washington, Indiana

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

Washington, Indiana Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 13554
5-9 Employees 4968
10-19 Employees 4050
20-49 Employees 2268
50-99 Employees 1080
100-249 Employees 324
250-499 Employees 54
500-999 Employees 54
1000+ Employees 0
All Washington Businesses 26352

As a new Washington entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Washington 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 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 6
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 7
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Car Washes 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 11
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 9
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Consumer Lending 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Couriers 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 2
Discount Department Stores 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 8
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 5
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 1
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 3
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Floor Covering Stores 3
Florists 3
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 13
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Stores 4
General Automotive Repair 6
General Freight Trucking, Local 4
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 2
General Warehousing and Storage 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 2
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 2
Home Centers 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 9
Investment Advice 1
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 4
Limited-Service Restaurants 17
Locksmiths 1
Logging 1
Machine Shops 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 1
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Natural Gas Distribution 2
New Car Dealers 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 6
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 6
Offices of Lawyers 7
Offices of Optometrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Optical Goods Stores 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Paging 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Periodical Publishers 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Portfolio Management 1
Poultry Processing 1
Professional Organizations 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 6
Savings Institutions 2
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 6
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 6
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Temporary Help Services 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 4
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Car Dealers 3
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 2
Used Merchandise Stores 4
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Washington, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, 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.

Sample franchise opportunities include Real Estate For 2 and Referral Institute. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Specialty Foods Franchises and Family Restaurant Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Washington Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Indiana. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Washington.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: How to Buy a Business.

Marketing Your New Company

To rise above the crowd in Washington and accelerate your business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your doing well.

You can learn a ton about marketing on our site. Yellow Pages Advertising Advice discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Washington business to do well.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Selling on the Phone is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

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

With your business being located in Washington, Indiana, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby Indiana universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate networking organizations for Washington entrepreneurs.

Next Steps

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

We are here to help Washington businesses to be successful. We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Washington, Indiana

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



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