May 29, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs  
  West Bend, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Opening a Business in West Bend, Wisconsin

Contemplating starting a business in West Bend, Wisconsin? We walk you through the process of opening a business in West Bend.

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Most new ventures do not succeed, in part because the founder did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

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

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in West Bend. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

West Bend, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 3634
5-9 Employees 1278
10-19 Employees 1110
20-49 Employees 606
50-99 Employees 198
100-249 Employees 72
250-499 Employees 60
500-999 Employees 24
1000+ Employees 0
All West Bend Businesses 6982

As a new West Bend entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in West Bend 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 1
Ambulance Services 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Apprenticeship Training 1
Architectural Services 1
Art Dealers 2
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 9
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Beauty Salons 18
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Boat Dealers 4
Book Stores 2
Bottled Water Manufacturing 1
Bowling Centers 2
Business Associations 4
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 3
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 4
Cement Manufacturing 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 17
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 9
Claims Adjusting 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 4
Commercial Screen Printing 4
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 2
Computer Systems Design Services 5
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 2
Consumer Lending 3
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 3
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Digital Printing 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 3
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Discount Department Stores 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 14
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 9
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 10
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 2
Engineering Services 5
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 2
Family Clothing Stores 1
Family Planning Centers 2
Fine Arts Schools 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 14
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 7
Flight Training 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Flooring Contractors 4
Florists 3
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 9
Freight Transportation Arrangement 3
Full-Service Restaurants 27
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 2
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 11
General Freight Trucking, Local 6
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 4
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Graphic Design Services 2
Hardware Stores 3
Historical Sites 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Home Centers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Homes for the Elderly 3
Household Appliance Stores 4
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 23
Interior Design Services 2
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 1
Janitorial Services 10
Jewelry Stores 5
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 2
Landscaping Services 17
Limited-Service Restaurants 26
Locksmiths 1
Machine Shops 6
Marketing Consulting Services 3
Masonry Contractors 9
Medical Laboratories 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Metal Stamping 3
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 5
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Nail Salons 1
Natural Gas Distribution 2
New Car Dealers 7
New Housing Operative Builders 6
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 2
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 5
Offices of Chiropractors 9
Offices of Dentists 21
Offices of Lawyers 18
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 3
Optical Goods Stores 4
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Packing and Crating 1
Paging 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 3
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 12
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 3
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 5
Photography Studios, Portrait 3
Portfolio Management 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 2
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 1
Quick Printing 4
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 2
Residential Property Managers 4
Residential Remodelers 20
Retail Bakeries 2
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 5
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 9
School and Employee Bus Transportation 2
Securities Brokerage 8
Shoe Stores 5
Siding Contractors 5
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 14
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 8
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 4
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Taxi Service 1
Temporary Help Services 2
Temporary Shelters 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Thread Mills 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 3
Tire Dealers 3
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 1
Travel Agencies 4
Used Car Dealers 4
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 3
Veterinary Services 6
Video Tape and Disc Rental 4
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 9
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3
Women's Clothing Stores 3
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Wood Preservation 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

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

Most business experts recommend that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Due Diligence. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Atlantic PinStriping and KoKoPelli Sonoran Grill. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Business Services Franchises and Child Education and Tutoring Franchises.

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

Raising Money for Your Venture

Getting your West Bend business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

The good news is this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Realistic Debt Financing Options.

For West Bend entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Wisconsin Angel Investors and our List of Wisconsin Venture Capital Firms.

The Art of Selling

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new West Bend business to do well.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Compensating Sales People is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

Given that you are starting a business in West Bend, Wisconsin, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Wisconsin universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also smart to see if there are any West Bend networking organizations.

What's Next?

Most new West Bend 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 West Bend and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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.

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