January 23, 2021  
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  Winona, Mississippi Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Winona, Mississippi

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

Which Business to Choose?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? We recommend that you read Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 Tavern guide or our How to Start a Tennis Clubs Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Winona. Some businesses will do better in Winona than others. Don't forget to review Winona demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Winona, Mississippi Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1570
5-9 Employees 630
10-19 Employees 405
20-49 Employees 165
50-99 Employees 105
100-249 Employees 45
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Winona Businesses 2920

As a new Winona entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Winona 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 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Business Associations 2
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Child Day Care Services 5
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Consumer Lending 4
Convenience Stores 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Electric Power Distribution 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 4
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Jewelry Stores 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 6
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Logging 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
New Car Dealers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 7
Offices of Optometrists 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 4
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 2
Roofing Contractors 1
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 1
Sawmills 2
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Special Needs Transportation 1
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Tire Dealers 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 3
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 4
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Should You Buy an Existing Winona Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Mississippi. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Winona.

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

Choosing a Company Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

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.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Branding Advice.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in Winona, it's imperative that you check now that no other Mississippi company is using the business name you want to use.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Having a business plan is critical in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

If writing a business plan is on your to-do list, be sure to read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Mississippi.

Marketing Your New Business

To rise above the crowd in Winona and grow your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

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

Bring in Revenues

Mastering the art of selling is a must if you want your new Winona business to do well.

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Writing Great Proposals 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.

Never Give Up

Most new Winona 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 Winona 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 Winona, Mississippi

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