August 21, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Sioux City, Iowa

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Good Business Ideas.

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 Saddlery & Harness Repair Business guide or our Opening a Flood Cleanup Business guide.

Don't forget that Sioux City is the place where you are starting a business. Some businesses will do better in Sioux City than others. Study Sioux City demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Sioux City, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 3350
5-9 Employees 1557
10-19 Employees 1143
20-49 Employees 813
50-99 Employees 267
100-249 Employees 159
250-499 Employees 33
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 9
All Sioux City Businesses 7331

As a new Sioux City entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Sioux 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
Advertising Agencies 4
Ambulance Services 2
Amusement Arcades 2
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 5
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 2
Architectural Services 7
Armored Car Services 1
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 5
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 16
Automotive Transmission Repair 3
Baked Goods Stores 5
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 19
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 6
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Book Stores 5
Bowling Centers 2
Building Inspection Services 2
Business Associations 6
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Cafeterias 4
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Car Washes 7
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Casinos (except Casino Hotels) 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 4
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 21
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 21
Claims Adjusting 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 4
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 5
Collection Agencies 4
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 6
Commercial Photography 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 6
Computer Systems Design Services 4
Computer Training 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 3
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 5
Convenience Stores 4
Couriers 4
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 2
Credit Unions 7
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 3
Dental Laboratories 4
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 4
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 4
Display Advertising 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 34
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 6
Electric Power Distribution 3
Electrical Contractors 12
Electronic Auctions 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 5
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 9
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 6
Family Clothing Stores 12
Family Planning Centers 2
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7
Fats and Oils Refining and Blending 1
Fertilizer (Mixing Only) Manufacturing 3
Fine Arts Schools 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 8
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 10
Floor Covering Stores 7
Flooring Contractors 4
Florists 9
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 4
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 1
Food Service Contractors 2
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Framing Contractors 2
Freight Transportation Arrangement 4
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 63
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 5
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 9
General Automotive Repair 20
General Freight Trucking, Local 6
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2
General Rental Centers 3
General Warehousing and Storage 4
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 14
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 6
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 4
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 7
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 4
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 3
Household Appliance Stores 5
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 2
Industrial Launderers 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 64
Interior Design Services 3
Investigation Services 2
Investment Advice 5
Janitorial Services 21
Jewelry Stores 11
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 26
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 80
Limousine Service 1
Linen Supply 1
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 4
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 2
Locksmiths 2
Machine Shops 2
Mail-Order Houses 2
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marketing Consulting Services 4
Masonry Contractors 3
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Markets 2
Meat Processed from Carcasses 6
Medical Laboratories 1
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 3
Miscellaneous Intermediation 2
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 4
Motion Picture and Video Production 3
Motor Vehicle Towing 2
Motorcycle Dealers 4
Museums 3
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 5
Nail Salons 3
New Car Dealers 11
News Dealers and Newsstands 1
Newspaper Publishers 3
Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 6
Nursing Care Facilities 7
Office Administrative Services 6
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 8
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 14
Offices of Chiropractors 28
Offices of Dentists 33
Offices of Lawyers 66
Offices of Optometrists 11
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 8
One-Hour Photofinishing 2
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 4
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 5
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 12
Parking Lots and Garages 1
Passenger Car Rental 2
Payroll Services 1
Periodical Publishers 4
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Petroleum Refineries 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 9
Photography Studios, Portrait 7
Political Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 1
Quick Printing 4
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 8
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 3
Real Estate Credit 8
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 3
Remediation Services 1
Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing 1
Residential Property Managers 8
Residential Remodelers 18
Retail Bakeries 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 7
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Sales Financing 2
Savings Institutions 9
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 17
Security Guards and Patrol Services 6
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Shoe Stores 14
Siding Contractors 8
Sign Manufacturing 3
Site Preparation Contractors 4
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 8
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Solid Waste Collection 3
Soybean Processing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 7
Sports and Recreation Instruction 3
Sports Teams and Clubs 2
Tax Preparation Services 13
Taxi Service 3
Telecommunications Resellers 3
Telemarketing Bureaus 2
Television Broadcasting 2
Temporary Help Services 11
Temporary Shelters 2
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 3
Tire Dealers 9
Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading) 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 3
Tobacco Stores 1
Tour Operators 1
Translation and Interpretation Services 2
Travel Agencies 5
Truck Trailer Manufacturing 2
Used Car Dealers 13
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 6
Used Merchandise Stores 12
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 8
Video Tape and Disc Rental 7
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Voluntary Health Organizations 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 3
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 7
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 5
Women's Clothing Stores 15

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Sioux City, 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 look into purchasing a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Franchising Pros and Cons. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Seekers Coffee House & Cafe and Froots Franchising Companies. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Auto Parts and Tools Franchises and Landscaping Franchises.

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

Picking 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.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Sioux City, it's imperative that you check now that your company name has not already been claimed by another Iowa business.

Ramping Up Sales

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Sioux City business to do well.

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Selling Products on eBay is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Sioux City, Iowa, you should investigate some of the learning programs at local Iowa educational institutions. You should also check if there are any networking organizations for Sioux City entrepreneurs.

What's Next?

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

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

We are here to help Sioux City 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 Sioux City, Iowa

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

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