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A 10-Step Guide

Start a Business in Iowa

Make sure you take the right steps to set up and establish your new business in Iowa.


Step One

Evaluate My Business Idea

Starting a business is fun, exciting, and can feel overwhelming, keep these things in-mind to ensure a smooth start.

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Step Two

Write My Business Plan

Evaluate customer segments and competition through developing a business plan.

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Step Three

Register My Business Entity

Determine what business structure is best for you and how to register it.

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Step Four

Register for Tax Permits

Learn about and discover resources to help you collect and remit taxes.

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Step Five

Register for Additional Licensing

In order to operate your business, you may need to fulfill various licensing obligations. Each business is different - find out what you’ll need.

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Step Six

Get My Business Online

Is your business only online? Planning on selling on and offline? Learn about how laws and regulations may apply differently to your business.

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Step Seven

Choose a Business Location

Everything you need to consider when looking for a business location.

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Step Eight

Find Funding Opportunities

There are many options to find capital for your business. Explore the different options for funding your business.

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Step Nine

Find, Hire and Manage Employees

Employees will make your business scale and grow, keep up with all the things you’ll need to be a successful employer.

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Step Ten

Next Steps

Do it. Action leads to results. Connect with people that can support you once your business is started.

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