April 21, 2019  
 
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  Garner, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Garner, Iowa

Thinking about starting a business in Garner, Iowa? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Garner.

Garner, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 717
5-9 Employees 162
10-19 Employees 198
20-49 Employees 72
50-99 Employees 27
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 9
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Garner Businesses 1194

As a new Garner entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Garner 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
Beauty Salons 2
Business Associations 1
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Family Clothing Stores 2
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Florists 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 2
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Landscaping Services 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 2
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Natural Gas Distribution 2
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 1
New Car Dealers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 5
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Garner Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Garner.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.

Company Formation in Garner, Iowa

It's very important that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

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. Just because you are starting a business in Iowa, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Iowa. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Corporate Formalities. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Garner, Iowa, our information on Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is vital 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. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Marketing Your New Company

Whether your goal is to attract Garner customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Marketing Basics is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good business owners know that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

Given that you are starting a business in Garner, Iowa, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Iowa educational institutions. It's also beneficial to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Garner entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Now It's Up To You

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Garner and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Garner, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Garner, Iowa

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

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