July 17, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Forest City, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Forest City, Iowa

Need help starting a business in Forest City, Iowa? We've got the information you need to open a business in Forest City.

What Business Are You Starting?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Good 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 Dockboards & Ramps Business guide or our Opening a Water Heaters Business guide.

Don't forget that starting a business in Forest City has some implications. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Forest City. Study Forest City demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Forest City, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1440
5-9 Employees 558
10-19 Employees 540
20-49 Employees 252
50-99 Employees 90
100-249 Employees 72
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 18
All Forest City Businesses 2970

As a new Forest City entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Forest City 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
Ambulance Services 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 4
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Book Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Florists 2
Food Service Contractors 2
Full-Service Restaurants 5
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 3
General Warehousing and Storage 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Centers 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Jewelry Stores 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Motor Home Manufacturing 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 4
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 4
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Periodical Publishers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Agencies 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

Visit the business district of Forest City and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Marketing Support. 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 Surface Specialists Systems and HomePros Home Improvement Specialists. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Wedding Franchises and Hardware Store Franchises.

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

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Raising money to fund your new Forest City business will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.

For Forest City entrepreneurs who need startup capital, browse our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Forest City customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a solid marketing plan.

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

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Good business owners recognize that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Forest City, Iowa, you should check out some of the many programs available at nearby Iowa universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any Forest City networking organizations.

Never Give Up

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Forest City businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Forest City, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Forest City, Iowa

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

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