February 22, 2019  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Ida Grove, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Ida Grove, Iowa

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

Are You Ready for Entrepreneurship?

Before you get too far along in the process, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Ida Grove. 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.

Ida Grove, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 231
5-9 Employees 93
10-19 Employees 48
20-49 Employees 21
50-99 Employees 6
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Ida Grove Businesses 408

As a new Ida Grove entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Ida Grove 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 3
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 3
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Jewelry Stores 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Masonry Contractors 2
New Car Dealers 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Optometrists 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Shoe Stores 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 2

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Ida Grove Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Ida Grove.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Buying a Business.

Picking a Company Name

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Ida Grove, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Iowa business.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading The Art of the Executive Summary. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Ida Grove customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your beating the competition.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. PR Versus Advertising is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Never Give Up

You have a dream -- starting a business in Ida Grove. 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.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Ida Grove and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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 Ida Grove, Iowa

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

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