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Open for Business in IowaStarting a business is a fun and exciting adventure.  Here in Iowa we fully support helping you turn your dreams into a full time job.  Read on below to learn more about just some of the most common components to starting a new business.  Our Iowa Business Concierge is always available as well to answer your most pressing business startup questions. Read through these 20 questions to consider before starting your business for other ideas on what to consider.


Six Steps for Successful Startups

1) What it Takes to Start a Business

Take the time to find out if your idea is viable. Is there a market? Are there competitors?

2) Start-Up Classes & Events

Basic “starting a business” classes cover finance, legal structure, marketing, planning  and other topics that can get you off to a good start.

3) Meet with a Business Counselor

After you take a startup class, a meeting with a counselor can help you clarify your ideas and your plans. 

4) Plan your Business

A good business plan that keeps you focused can mean the difference between success and failure. 

5) Get Registrations, Licenses and Permits

You will need to go through several steps to make sure your business is registered appropriately.

6) Find a Business Location

Location, location, location…pick the right one!

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If you are starting a nonprofit, view Resources for Nonprofits.