April 24, 2019  
 
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  Logan, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Logan, Iowa

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

Logan, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 918
5-9 Employees 252
10-19 Employees 36
20-49 Employees 0
50-99 Employees 54
100-249 Employees 18
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Logan Businesses 1278

As a new Logan entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Logan 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 1
Books Printing 1
Business Associations 1
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Community Food Services 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Engineering Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Museums 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Lawyers 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Residential Remodelers 3
Securities Brokerage 1
Siding Contractors 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Veterinary Services 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Logan Business?

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

If you are headed down the path of buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Naming the Business

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Company.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in Logan, it's critical that you ensure that no other Iowa company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Logan, Iowa

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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

Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Iowa, you don't necessarily have 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 are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Offshore Company Formation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Logan, Iowa, our information on Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Startup Financing Basics

Getting your Logan business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Borrowing Money from Friends and Family.

For Logan entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, you'll want to take a look at our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

How to Sell

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Logan business, you need to focus on sales.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Hiring Telemarketing Firms to Generate Sales Leads is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Moving Forward

As an entrepreneur in Logan, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

We are here to help Logan businesses to be successful. 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 Logan, Iowa

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

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

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Raising Money

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