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Open a Business in Wilton, California

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before announcing to the world that you are going to start your own business, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Wilton. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • 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. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Wilton, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Wilton Businesses

As a new Wilton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Wilton 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
Boat Dealers
Child Day Care Services
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores
Computer Training
Custom Computer Programming Services
Dental Laboratories
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Flooring Contractors
Framing Contractors
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Investment Advice
Janitorial Services
Landscaping Services
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Marketing Consulting Services
Media Buying Agencies
Offices of Lawyers
Offices of Podiatrists
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services
Residential Remodelers
Site Preparation Contractors

Should You Franchise?

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

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Costs of Franchise Ownership. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Charles Wells - UK and Aging Excellence. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Travel and Leisure Franchises and Child Safety Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Wilton Business?

We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in California. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Wilton.

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

Naming the Company

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Wilton, it's very important that you make sure no other California company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Wilton, California

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Without a legal structure for the business, you can be held personally liable for the actions, debts and obligations of your company.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in California, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in California. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Corporate Formalities. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Wilton, California, our information on Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Wilton. 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.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Wilton and throughout the United States . 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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