August 23, 2019  
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Starting a Business in Shenandoah, Iowa

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

Choosing the Right Company to Start

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Soda Fountain Shops Business guide or our How to Start a Whitewashing Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Shenandoah. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Shenandoah. Only by spending some time analyzing Shenandoah demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Shenandoah, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1815
5-9 Employees 780
10-19 Employees 405
20-49 Employees 270
50-99 Employees 75
100-249 Employees 75
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 30
1000+ Employees 0
All Shenandoah Businesses 3450

As a new Shenandoah entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Shenandoah 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 Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 2
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Community Food Services 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 1
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Florists 1
Flour Milling 1
Full-Service Restaurants 7
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 4
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 4
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Investigation Services 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscaping Services 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 7
Masonry Contractors 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Museums 1
New Car Dealers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 5
Quick Printing 1
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Shoe Stores 2
Siding Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 3
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 3
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Shenandoah, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchisees Versus Licensees. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

A comprehensive list of franchisors is available via our List of Franchise Opportunities.

Sample franchise opportunities include Odd Job Bob and Native New Yorker. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Accounting Franchises and Textile Repair Franchises.

Note on Shenandoah Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Shenandoah.

Is Buying an Existing Shenandoah Business a Good Strategy?

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 Shenandoah.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

Naming the Company

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.

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.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Shenandoah, it's imperative that you check now that no other Iowa company is using the business name you want to use.

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Successful business owners recognize that they don't know everything.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Shenandoah, Iowa, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Iowa universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Shenandoah entrepreneurs.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Shenandoah and throughout the United States . 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 Shenandoah, Iowa

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

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