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Need help starting a business in Anthon, Iowa? We've got the information you need to open a business in Anthon.

Anthon, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Anthon Businesses

As a new Anthon entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Anthon 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
Community Food Services
Convenience Stores
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Offices of Chiropractors
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Veterinary Services

Is Franchising a Better Option?

Examine a list of Anthon businesses and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Law. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Tower Cleaning Systems and Blue Moon Mexican Café. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Senior Care Franchises and Meal Preparation Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Anthon 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 Anthon.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Buying 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.

Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.

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

On a final note, given that you are starting a business in Anthon, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Iowa business.

Forming a Company in Anthon, Iowa

It's essential that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Iowa, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Iowa. As it turns out, you are allowed to incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as ESOP Formation. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Anthon, Iowa, our web page covering Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Creating a business plan is critical to the health of your new business. 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

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Expert Advice on Business Plans. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Now It's Up To You

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

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

We are here to help Anthon businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Anthon entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Anthon, Iowa

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

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