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Startup Stages Diagram: The Stages of Business Growth
A look at the seven stages to small business success and growth.

Startup Stages Diagram: The Stages of Business Growth




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The 7 Stages of Small Business Success

A small business cannot be easily defined. Here is the breakdown of the seven stages of small businesses according to their success factors at each stage.

1. Solopreneur
  • # of Businesses in America – 22M
  • # of Employees - 1
  • Annual Sales – 0 to 100K
  • The Success Factor – Time

  • 2. Partnership
  • # of Businesses in America – 1.7M
  • # of Employees – 2 to 3
  • Annual Sales – 100 to 300K
  • The Success Factor – Salesmanship

  • 3. Steady Operation
  • # of Businesses in America – 1.9M
  • # of Employees – 4 to 10
  • Annual Sales – 300K to 1M
  • The Success Factor - Marketing & Service

  • 4. Local Success Story
  • # of Businesses in America – 900K
  • # of Employees – 11 to 25
  • Annual Sales – 1M to 5M
  • The Success Factor – Set the Vision

  • 5. Managed Organization
  • # of Businesses in America – 200K
  • # of Employees – 26 to 100
  • Annual Sales – 5M to 20M
  • The Success Factor – Hire to the Vision

  • 6. Mature Company
  • # of Businesses in America – 60K
  • # of Employees – 101 to 200
  • Annual Sales – 20M to 40M
  • The Success Factor – Strategic Planning

  • 7. Corporate Player
  • # of Businesses in America – 30K
  • # of Employees – 201 to 500
  • Annual Sales – 40M to 100M
  • The Success Factor – Leader Development


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