February 22, 2019  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Bloomfield, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Bloomfield, Iowa

Are you starting a business in Bloomfield, Iowa? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Bloomfield.

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Evaluating Your Idea.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Biofeedback Equipment Business guide or our Opening an Environmental Assessment & Monitoring Business guide.

Remember that your new startup will be located in Bloomfield. If Bloomfield already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Don't forget to review Bloomfield demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Bloomfield, Iowa Demographic Information

Bloomfield has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.

To give you a better feel for Bloomfield demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Bloomfield.

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 2808
5-9 Employees 891
10-19 Employees 432
20-49 Employees 324
50-99 Employees 54
100-249 Employees 54
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Bloomfield Businesses 4563

As a new Bloomfield entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Bloomfield for each business category. By looking at this chart, you can get a general sense for how much competition there is in the business niche that you are pursuing.

Business Type # of
Businesses
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Beauty Salons 1
Business Associations 3
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Florists 2
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Home Centers 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Investigation Services 1
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Marketing Consulting Services 1
New Car Dealers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 5
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Political Organizations 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Tire Dealers 3
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

What About Buying an Existing Bloomfield Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Bloomfield.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Company Formation in Bloomfield, Iowa

A critical step is ensuring that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Iowa, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Iowa. As it turns out, you are allowed to incorporate in any state you would like to. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Nevada Incorporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Bloomfield, Iowa, our web page covering Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Building Up Your Sales

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Bloomfield business, you need to focus on sales.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Sales Prospecting is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

The best entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Bloomfield, Iowa, you should check out some of the many programs available at nearby Iowa universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate Bloomfield networking organizations.

Now It's Up To You

As an entrepreneur in Bloomfield, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Bloomfield and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Bloomfield, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Bloomfield, Iowa

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Bloomfield.

  • Resources for Bloomfield, Iowa Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Bloomfield entrepreneurs.
  • Iowa Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Iowa.
  • Iowa Small Business Development Center - The Iowa SBDC conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses. They provide comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields. This is a great resource for Iowa entrepreneurs!
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