February 22, 2019  
 
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  Estherville, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Estherville, Iowa

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

Estherville, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 438
5-9 Employees 141
10-19 Employees 111
20-49 Employees 54
50-99 Employees 15
100-249 Employees 12
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Estherville Businesses 771

As a new Estherville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Estherville 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
Ambulance Services 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 5
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 3
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Car Washes 2
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Photography 1
Computer and Software Stores 2
Credit Unions 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Engineering Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 3
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
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 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 4
Offices of Chiropractors 5
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 7
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 3
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 3
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Estherville and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?

We highly recommend you investigate buying a franchise. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Multi-Unit Franchising. 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 SeaMaster Cruises and D'Angelo Sandwich Shops. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Wine Franchises and Marketing, Sales and Advertising Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Estherville 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 Estherville.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Company Formation in Estherville, Iowa

A critical step is ensuring 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. Just because you are starting a business in Iowa, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Iowa. In fact, you are allowed to 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's a lot to know about forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Getting an EIN. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Estherville, Iowa, our web page covering Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Raising money to fund your new Estherville business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

On the bright side, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Getting a Small Business Loan.

For Estherville entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, we have assembled a List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Estherville business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some excellent resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Pros and Cons of Advertising is a good read to get your marketing thoughts flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Moving Forward

You have a dream -- starting a business in Estherville. 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.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Estherville and throughout the United States . We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Estherville, Iowa

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

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