August 23, 2019  
 
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Starting a Business in Cherokee, Iowa

Thinking about starting a business in Cherokee, Iowa? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Cherokee.

Cherokee, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 1424
5-9 Employees 708
10-19 Employees 336
20-49 Employees 240
50-99 Employees 36
100-249 Employees 24
250-499 Employees 12
500-999 Employees 12
1000+ Employees 0
All Cherokee Businesses 2792

As a new Cherokee entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Cherokee 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 4
Beauty Salons 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Caterers 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 3
Credit Unions 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Engineering Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 3
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3
Fats and Oils Refining and Blending 1
Flight Training 1
Florists 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 6
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 3
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 7
Janitorial Services 2
Landscaping Services 4
Limited-Service Restaurants 6
Machine Shops 1
Mail-Order Houses 1
Masonry Contractors 3
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Motorcycle Dealers 1
New Car Dealers 4
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 6
Offices of Optometrists 2
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Radio Networks 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Securities Brokerage 2
Shoe Stores 1
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Soybean Processing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Temporary Shelters 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Agencies 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Cherokee 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 Cherokee.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: How to Buy a Business.

Forming a Company in Cherokee, 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 wherever you want. 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 LLC Advantages. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Cherokee, 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 to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having 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 business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Cherokee customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Direct Mail Costs is an article that will generate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Bring in Revenues

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

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Anticipating Prospect Responses is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Now It's Up To You

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Cherokee and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Cherokee entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Cherokee, Iowa

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

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