August 19, 2019  
 
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  Woodbine, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Woodbine, Iowa

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

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 Free 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 Starting an Electricity Measuring Instruments Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide or our Starting a Medical Alarms Business guide.

Remember that starting a business in Woodbine has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Woodbine than others. Study Woodbine demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Woodbine, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 444
5-9 Employees 96
10-19 Employees 96
20-49 Employees 12
50-99 Employees 24
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Woodbine Businesses 672

As a new Woodbine entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Woodbine 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
Beauty Salons 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Community Food Services 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Convenience Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 2
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Travel Agencies 1
Used Car Dealers 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

Visit the business district of Woodbine and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

Most business experts recommend that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as How to Franchise. 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 Best Year Yet, LLC and Starbucks Franchises. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Closet Design and Construction Franchises and Fast Food Franchises.

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

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Having 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. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Free Business Plan Templates. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Startup Financing Basics

Obtaining startup financing for your Woodbine business will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

Take advantage of our many articles on finding startup capital, such as 504 Loans.

For Woodbine entrepreneurs who need startup capital, check out our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Building Up Your Sales

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Woodbine or are selling to customers throughout Iowa, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

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

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Woodbine. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

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

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Woodbine, Iowa

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

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