January 24, 2021  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Kansas Entrepreneurs  
  Washington, Kansas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Washington, Kansas

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

What Business Are You Starting?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Opening a Business Writers Business guide or our Starting a Dog Breeders Information & Referral Services Business guide.

Remember that starting a business in Washington has some implications. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Washington. A critical consideration is whether Washington demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Washington, Kansas 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 2592
5-9 Employees 1134
10-19 Employees 324
20-49 Employees 432
50-99 Employees 54
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Washington Businesses 4536

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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 1
Business Associations 1
Caterers 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Community Food Services 2
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Meat Markets 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Optometrists 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Soybean Processing 1
Tire Dealers 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 3
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Washington Business?

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

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

Naming the Company

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?

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Company.

On a final note, given that you are starting a business in Washington, it's critical that you ensure that you will be the only Kansas company using the business name you have chosen.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Writing a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

To learn more about business plans, read Find Sample Business Plans Online. You should also take advantage of free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Kansas.

Startup Financing Basics

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Washington business requires strong organization skills and perseverance. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Business Incubators.

For Washington entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, browse our List of Kansas Angel Investors and our List of Kansas Venture Capital Firms.

Never Give Up

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Washington, Kansas

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