April 24, 2019  
 
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  Edgewood, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Edgewood, Iowa

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

Are You Ready for Entrepreneurship?

Before announcing to the world that you are going to start your own business, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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 Edgewood. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • 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. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

Which Business to Choose?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Free Business Ideas.

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 Hedge Funds & Brokers Business guide or our Starting a Personal Computer Printers Business guide.

Always keep in mind that starting a business in Edgewood has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Edgewood than others. A critical consideration is whether Edgewood demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Edgewood, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 1053
5-9 Employees 351
10-19 Employees 195
20-49 Employees 156
50-99 Employees 117
100-249 Employees 39
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Edgewood Businesses 1911

As a new Edgewood entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Edgewood 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
Beauty Salons 2
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Engineering Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Florists 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 4
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 2
New Car Dealers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Sawmills 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Edgewood, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to look into purchasing a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Protecting Your Franchise Territory. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Signature Alert Security and EncouraGym. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Bagel Franchises and eBay Franchises.

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

Forming a Company in Edgewood, Iowa

A critical step is ensuring that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. Doing so will protect you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation 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, it doesn't mean you are required 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 Registered Agents. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Edgewood, Iowa, our information on Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is essential 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.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Presentations. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Never Give Up

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

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 Edgewood and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Edgewood, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Edgewood, Iowa

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

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