February 22, 2019  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Northwood, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Northwood, Iowa

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

Do You Have What It Takes?

Before you get too far along in the process, take inventory of 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 Northwood. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • 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. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Northwood, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 486
5-9 Employees 207
10-19 Employees 81
20-49 Employees 45
50-99 Employees 0
100-249 Employees 36
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Northwood Businesses 855

As a new Northwood entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Northwood 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 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Community Food Services 1
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Florists 3
Full-Service Restaurants 2
General Automotive Repair 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 3
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Remediation Services 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Northwood 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 Northwood.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want 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.

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 Northwood, it's very important that you make sure no other Iowa company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Northwood, Iowa

A critical step is ensuring that you form your business as a legal structure. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation is a very popular way to form a business. 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 wherever you want. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

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 Piercing the Corporate Veil. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Northwood, Iowa, our information on Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Getting the Word Out About Your New Company

To grow your Northwood business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your doing well.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Billboard Advertising Best Practices 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

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Northwood, 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 Northwood entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Now It's Up To You

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

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

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Northwood and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Northwood, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Northwood, Iowa

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

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