February 15, 2019  
 
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  Orange City, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Orange City, Iowa

Thinking about starting a business in Orange City, Iowa? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Orange City.

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Finding Your Niche in Life.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Tank Disposal Business guide or our Opening a Money Brokers Business guide.

Remember that you are opening your new business in Orange City. If Orange City already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Don't forget to review Orange City demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Orange City, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 580
5-9 Employees 294
10-19 Employees 258
20-49 Employees 120
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 12
250-499 Employees 12
500-999 Employees 6
1000+ Employees 0
All Orange City Businesses 1306

As a new Orange City entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Orange City 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
Aircraft Manufacturing 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 2
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Drafting Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 3
Food Service Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 6
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 2
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 9
Iron Foundries 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscaping Services 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 4
Machine Shops 1
Mail-Order Houses 1
Meat Markets 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
New Car Dealers 4
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Residential Remodelers 4
Retail Bakeries 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Choosing a Company Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

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

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

Company Formation in Orange City, Iowa

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. 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.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Iowa, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Iowa. As it turns out, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Offshore Company Formation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Orange City, Iowa, our information on Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Orange City business the capital it needs to succeed is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

The good news is this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Realistic Debt Financing Options.

For Orange City entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

The Art of Selling

Being able to sell is a key enabler to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Orange City or are selling to customers throughout Iowa, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Hiring Good Sales People is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Now It's Up To You

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Orange City businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Orange City entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Orange City, Iowa

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

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