August 19, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Marengo, Iowa

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

Marengo, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 660
5-9 Employees 204
10-19 Employees 108
20-49 Employees 60
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 24
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Marengo Businesses 1080

As a new Marengo entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Marengo 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Janitorial Services 1
Land Subdivision 1
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Tax Preparation Services 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Used Car Dealers 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

Visit the business district of Marengo and it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

We highly recommend you investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising My Business. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Representative franchise opportunities include Which Wich Superior Sandwiches and Guard-A-Kid. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Carpet Retail Franchises and Home Inspection Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Marengo Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Marengo.

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

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Naming a Company.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in Marengo, it's imperative that you check now that no other Iowa company is using the business name you want to use.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Getting the Word Out About Your New Company

To grow your Marengo business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Direct Mail Costs discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Ramping Up Sales

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Marengo business to do well.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Anticipating Prospect Responses is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

What's Next?

Most new Marengo businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

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

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Marengo, Iowa

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

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