How To: Find The Perfect Location

What To Look For

When evaluating business locations, compare them against this checklist of features. The importance of each item will vary with the type of business. Proximity to customer base

  • Affordable rent (watch for hidden costs)
  • Proximity to suppliers
  • Proximity to employees
  • Availability of parking
  • Ease of entrance and exit
  • Functionality of space for specific business needs
  • Utility costs
  • Proximity to transportation
  • Visibility of location
  • Appearance of area, building or shopping center
  • Flexibility of site for growth
  • Zoning regulations
  • City's future plans for the area

Contact Sources

The Better Way Boutique, 7319 Baltimore Ave., Ste. B, College Park, MD 20740, (301) 277-7130

In/House Corporate Real Estate Advisors, (714) 442-0922,

Morris & Berke, 4000 Town Ctr., #680, Southfield, MI 48075, (248) 262-8000

Rosebay Fine Gifts & Etc., 5993 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, FL 20740, (904) 427-0706

Temple University Small Business DevelopmentCenter, 1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121, (215) 204-7282

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This article was originally published in the February 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: How To: Find The Perfect Location.

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