April 24, 2019  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Cascade, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Cascade, Iowa

Need help starting a business in Cascade, Iowa? We've got the information you need to open a business in Cascade.

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Running your own business is difficult, much harder than working as an employee. Are you certain you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Cascade. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

Cascade, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 684
5-9 Employees 156
10-19 Employees 240
20-49 Employees 36
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 24
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Cascade Businesses 1164

As a new Cascade entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Cascade 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Florists 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 4
General Automotive Repair 3
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Janitorial Services 2
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 2
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 2
Machine Shops 1
Masonry Contractors 1
New Car Dealers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Forming a Company in Cascade, Iowa

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Without a legal structure for the business, you can be held personally liable for the actions, debts and obligations of your company.

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 popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Iowa, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Iowa. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

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

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Expert Advice on Business Plans. You should also take advantage of free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Cascade customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a great marketing plan.

You can learn plenty about marketing on our site. Advertising on Google is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

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

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Selling on the Phone offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Next Steps

As an entrepreneur in Cascade, 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.

We are here to help Cascade businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Cascade, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Cascade, Iowa

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

  • Resources for Cascade, Iowa Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Cascade 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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