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Start a Business in Winthrop, Minnesota

Are you starting a business in Winthrop, Minnesota? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Winthrop.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Before quitting your day job, take inventory of 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.

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Winthrop. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • You should read The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Winthrop, Minnesota Demographic Information

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

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

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 Winthrop Businesses

As a new Winthrop entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Winthrop 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
Beauty Salons
Cemeteries and Crematories
Civic and Social Organizations
Creamery Butter Manufacturing
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Floor Covering Stores
Framing Contractors
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Janitorial Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Masonry Contractors
Newspaper Publishers
Nursing Care Facilities
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Lawyers
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers
Packaging and Labeling Services
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Photography Studios, Portrait
Residential Remodelers
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Is Franchising a Better Option?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Winthrop and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Understanding Franchise Contracts. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

A comprehensive list of franchisors is available via our List of Franchise Opportunities.

Representative franchise opportunities include Diamond Dave's Mexican Restaurants and College Pro Painters (US) Ltd.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Sports Restaurant Franchises and Auto Rental Franchises.

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

Is Buying an Existing Winthrop Business a Good Strategy?

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

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: How to Buy 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?

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

On a final note, given that you are starting a business in Winthrop, it's very important that you make sure no other Minnesota company is using the business name you want to use.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Winthrop business, you need a solid marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Business Cards is a good read to get your marketing thoughts flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Winthrop. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Winthrop and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Winthrop entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Winthrop, Minnesota

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

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