August 17, 2019  
 
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Starting a Business in Osage, Iowa

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

Osage, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 870
5-9 Employees 441
10-19 Employees 207
20-49 Employees 63
50-99 Employees 36
100-249 Employees 27
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Osage Businesses 1644

As a new Osage entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Osage 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 4
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 4
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 3
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Full-Service Restaurants 4
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 2
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
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 2
Household Appliance Stores 1
Hydroelectric Power Generation 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 8
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Manifold Business Forms Printing 2
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Museums 1
New Car Dealers 3
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 3
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Portfolio Management 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Shoe Stores 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1

What About Buying an Existing Osage Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Osage.

If you are going to be buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Choosing a Business 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.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

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

On a final note, given that you are starting a business in Osage, it's critical that you ensure that your company name has not already been claimed by another Iowa business.

Company Formation in Osage, 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.

When forming a company, you will decide among many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. 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, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Iowa. As it turns out, you are allowed to 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 Incorporation Advice. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Osage, Iowa, our web page covering Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Creating a business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Mistakes. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Raising money to fund your new Osage business requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Getting a Small Business Loan.

For Osage entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

The best entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Osage, Iowa, you should check out some of the many programs available at nearby Iowa universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking organizations for Osage entrepreneurs.

Now It's Up To You

As an entrepreneur in Osage, 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 Osage 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 Osage, Iowa

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

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