August 21, 2019  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Kanawha, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Kanawha, Iowa

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

Are You Ready for the Challenges of Being an Entrepreneur?

Before quitting your day job, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Kanawha. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. 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.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Starting a Tattoo & Piercing Equipment & Supplies Business guide or our Opening a Photographic Art Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in Kanawha. Some businesses will do better in Kanawha than others. Make sure you fully understand Kanawha demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Kanawha, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 75
5-9 Employees 21
10-19 Employees 3
20-49 Employees 9
50-99 Employees 0
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Kanawha Businesses 111

As a new Kanawha entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Kanawha 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Beauty Salons 1
Community Food Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Naming the Business

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.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are planning on starting a business in Kanawha, it's very important that you make sure no other Iowa company is using the business name you want to use.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Kanawha business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

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

For Kanawha entrepreneurs who need startup capital, you'll want to take a look at our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To rise above the crowd in Kanawha and grow your business, you need a solid marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Advertising on Google is a good read to get your marketing ideas 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 entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Kanawha, Iowa, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Iowa educational institutions. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Kanawha entrepreneurs.

Never Give Up

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

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Kanawha, Iowa

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

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