Under the category of “doing your homework” before starting a new business, would be checking on the business types in your area. Is there a need in your county for the business you want to start? Or will you be risking too much competition?
The U. S. Census Bureau provides various types of statistics on the business patterns and types in every state and county in the country. These statistics are compiled through a variety of reporting agencies, and intended to help both government and private sector business for planning purposes. The most recent figures available are listed. We offer links to those figures for all the counties served by the Winthrop Regional SBDC.
The classification system use here is called the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). NAICS classifies 1,170 industries, including 565 which are service-based.
There are two different systems: one for Major Industries; and one for small businesses that have no employees, which are known as Non-Employer Businesses. In the Non-Employer links, click on the arrow to the left of each industry for a breakdown of what businesses come under a specific business category.