April 24, 2019  
 
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  Rock Valley, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Rock Valley, Iowa

Contemplating starting a business in Rock Valley, Iowa? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Rock Valley.

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Evaluating Your Idea.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Fish Food Retail Business guide or our How to Start an Inspection & Testing Engineers Business guide.

Always keep in mind that starting a business in Rock Valley has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Rock Valley than others. Make sure you fully understand Rock Valley demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Rock Valley, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 294
5-9 Employees 96
10-19 Employees 87
20-49 Employees 42
50-99 Employees 12
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Rock Valley Businesses 543

As a new Rock Valley entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Rock Valley 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Beauty Salons 2
Bowling Centers 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Copper Foundries (except Die-Casting) 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 3
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Full-Service Restaurants 5
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Machine Shops 3
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
New Car Dealers 1
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 2
Optical Goods Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Political Organizations 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 4
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Residential Remodelers 2
Roofing Contractors 1
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Solid Waste Collection 3
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Rock Valley and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Growth Trends in Franchising. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include The Ding King Training Institute and Civic Video. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Vending Franchises and Real Estate Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Rock Valley Business?

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

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

Choosing a Company Name

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.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

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

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Rock Valley, it's imperative that you check now that no other Iowa company is using the business name you want to use.

The Role of the Business Plan

Writing a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. In effect, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Rock Valley business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some excellent resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Customer Loyalty discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Next Steps

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

We are here to help Rock Valley businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Rock Valley, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Rock Valley, Iowa

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

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