February 15, 2019  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Creston, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Creston, Iowa

Contemplating starting a business in Creston, Iowa? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Creston.

What Business to Start

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Good Business Ideas.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Minerals & Ores Business guide or our Starting a Refrigerator & Freezer Parts & Supplies Dealers Business guide.

Remember that your new startup will be located in Creston. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Creston. Study Creston demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Creston, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 2410
5-9 Employees 930
10-19 Employees 570
20-49 Employees 465
50-99 Employees 135
100-249 Employees 75
250-499 Employees 30
500-999 Employees 15
1000+ Employees 0
All Creston Businesses 4630

As a new Creston entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Creston 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 5
Beauty Salons 4
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Child Day Care Services 4
Civic and Social Organizations 5
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 1
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drafting Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4
Fine Arts Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Florists 1
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Full-Service Restaurants 11
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 3
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Hardware Stores 3
Historical Sites 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Launderers 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 8
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 8
Machine Shops 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 4
Offices of Optometrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Parking Lots and Garages 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 3
Roofing Contractors 2
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Temporary Help Services 2
Temporary Shelters 1
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Used Car Dealers 4
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

Visit the business district of Creston and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. So, it probably makes sense for you to consider franchising too.

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Staffing a Franchise. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include The Grape and DRYCLEAN USA. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as B2B Franchises and Financial Services Franchises.

Note on Creston Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Creston.

Selecting a Name For Your Startup

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Naming a Company.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Creston, it's very important that you make sure no Iowa company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Creston customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your business achieving its goals.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Facebook Advertising is a good read to get your marketing creativity flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Creston or are selling to customers throughout Iowa, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

How to Build and Motivate a Sales Team offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Moving Forward

You have a dream -- starting a business in Creston. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Creston and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Creston 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 Creston, Iowa

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

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