August 21, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Sumner, Iowa

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

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Good Business Ideas.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Jewelers Business guide or our Starting a Neuropsychological Testing Business guide.

Don't forget that you are opening your new business in Sumner. Some businesses will do better in Sumner than others. Make sure you fully understand Sumner demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Sumner, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1365
5-9 Employees 462
10-19 Employees 210
20-49 Employees 147
50-99 Employees 21
100-249 Employees 21
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Sumner Businesses 2226

As a new Sumner entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Sumner 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
Ambulance Services 1
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Boat Building 1
Business Associations 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 3
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Inland Water Freight Transportation 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Mail-Order Houses 1
Masonry Contractors 2
Mobile Food Services 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 2
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Professional Organizations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Residential Remodelers 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Truck Trailer Manufacturing 1
Veterinary Services 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Sumner, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as The Disadvantages of Franchise Ownership. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Grout Wizard and McAlister's Deli. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Tax Preparation Franchises and Child Safety Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Sumner Business?

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

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.

Naming the Company

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.

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 Company.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Sumner, it's critical that you ensure that your company name has not already been claimed by another Iowa business.

Startup Financing Basics

Raising money to fund your new Sumner business is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Take advantage of our many articles on finding startup capital, such as Choosing VC Firms.

For Sumner entrepreneurs who need startup capital, we have assembled a List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

The Art of Selling

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Sumner business, you need to focus on sales.

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Closing Sales is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

What's Next?

As an entrepreneur in Sumner, 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.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Sumner and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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 Sumner, Iowa

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

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