August 21, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Davenport, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs is a daily online magazine covering small business news. We help entrepreneurs transform ideas and innovations into greatness.

Start a Business in Davenport, Iowa

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

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Most new businesses do not succeed, in part because the business owner did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you open a business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Davenport. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Davenport, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 24372
5-9 Employees 11520
10-19 Employees 8820
20-49 Employees 6444
50-99 Employees 2322
100-249 Employees 1170
250-499 Employees 288
500-999 Employees 144
1000+ Employees 90
All Davenport Businesses 55170

As a new Davenport entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Davenport 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
Advertising Agencies 11
Aluminum Foundries (except Die-Casting) 2
Ambulance Services 1
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 2
Architectural Services 3
Armored Car Services 4
Art Dealers 1
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 4
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 5
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 24
Automotive Transmission Repair 7
Baked Goods Stores 3
Barber Shops 5
Beauty Salons 46
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 5
Blind and Shade Manufacturing 1
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Boat Dealers 1
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 5
Bowling Centers 4
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 7
Cafeterias 3
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 12
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 4
Casinos (except Casino Hotels) 1
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 6
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 18
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 4
Civic and Social Organizations 20
Claims Adjusting 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 5
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 3
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 4
Commercial Photography 2
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 3
Community Food Services 11
Computer and Software Stores 4
Computer Facilities Management Services 3
Computer Systems Design Services 11
Computer Training 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 2
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 2
Consumer Lending 4
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2
Convenience Stores 8
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 2
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 3
Couriers 4
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 3
Credit Unions 14
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 6
Dental Laboratories 7
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 4
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 3
Digital Printing 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 7
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 5
Display Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing 1
Drafting Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 44
Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 12
Electric Power Distribution 5
Electrical Contractors 22
Electronic Shopping 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 6
Employment Placement Agencies 2
Engineering Services 13
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 8
Facilities Support Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 15
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 6
Finish Carpentry Contractors 13
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 11
Floor Covering Stores 6
Flooring Contractors 10
Florists 7
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 3
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 2
Food Service Contractors 5
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 3
Framing Contractors 8
Freight Transportation Arrangement 5
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 95
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 5
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 19
General Automotive Repair 30
General Freight Trucking, Local 12
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 1
General Warehousing and Storage 5
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 19
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 6
Graphic Design Services 8
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 5
Hardware Stores 3
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 6
Home Centers 3
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 9
Home Health Care Services 9
Home Health Equipment Rental 2
Homes for the Elderly 5
Household Appliance Stores 2
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 2
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 2
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 71
Interior Design Services 4
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 2
Investigation Services 2
Investment Advice 13
Iron and Steel Forging 1
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 24
Jewelry Stores 15
Junior Colleges 2
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 2
Landscape Architectural Services 3
Landscaping Services 21
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 5
Limited-Service Restaurants 82
Limousine Service 3
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 4
Locksmiths 4
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Machine Shops 10
Mail-Order Houses 5
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 6
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 6
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Markets 3
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Media Buying Agencies 1
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 6
Men's Clothing Stores 7
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Mobile Food Services 1
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 4
Motion Picture and Video Production 5
Motor Vehicle Towing 4
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Museums 5
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 4
Nail Salons 4
New Car Dealers 11
New Housing Operative Builders 2
Newspaper Publishers 3
Nonresidential Property Managers 5
Nursing Care Facilities 8
Office Administrative Services 6
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 7
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 4
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 18
Offices of Chiropractors 33
Offices of Dentists 48
Offices of Lawyers 81
Offices of Optometrists 12
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 4
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 5
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2
Optical Goods Stores 8
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Paging 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 4
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 10
Passenger Car Rental 3
Periodical Publishers 1
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 5
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 11
Photography Studios, Portrait 10
Portfolio Management 2
Power-Driven Handtool Manufacturing 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 2
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 1
Quick Printing 5
Radio Stations 7
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 16
Real Estate Investment Trusts 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Remediation Services 2
Residential Property Managers 12
Residential Remodelers 27
Retail Bakeries 2
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 2
Roofing Contractors 4
Sales Financing 2
Savings Institutions 3
School and Employee Bus Transportation 2
Securities Brokerage 26
Security Guards and Patrol Services 3
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 18
Siding Contractors 3
Sign Manufacturing 3
Site Preparation Contractors 4
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 16
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Sound Recording Studios 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 16
Sports and Recreation Instruction 5
Sports Teams and Clubs 2
Tax Preparation Services 12
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 3
Telephone Answering Services 1
Television Broadcasting 2
Temporary Help Services 18
Temporary Shelters 3
Testing Laboratories 4
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 1
Tire Dealers 11
Tire Retreading 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 3
Tour Operators 1
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Travel Agencies 6
Used Car Dealers 15
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 9
Used Merchandise Stores 12
Vending Machine Operators 9
Veterinary Services 10
Video Tape and Disc Rental 9
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 3
Voluntary Health Organizations 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 3
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 17
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 12
Women's Clothing Stores 22

Have You Considered Franchising?

Examine a list of Davenport businesses and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Tradeshows. 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 Taco Del Mar and Breadsmith. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Construction Franchises and Home Services Franchises.

Note on Davenport Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Davenport, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Davenport Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Davenport.

If you are headed down the path of buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Davenport business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

The good news is this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Business Incubators.

For Davenport entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, check out our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Company

To rise above the crowd in Davenport and build your business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

You can learn all about marketing on our site. Advertising in Magazines discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

What's Next?

Most new Davenport businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Davenport businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Davenport 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 Davenport, Iowa

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

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