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Starting a Business in Calmar, Iowa

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

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. We recommend that you read How to Evaluate a Business Idea.

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 How to Start a Pancakes & Waffles Restaurant guide or our Starting a Millwrights Business guide.

Don't forget that Calmar is the place where you are starting a business. If Calmar already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. A critical consideration is whether Calmar demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Calmar, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

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 Calmar Businesses

As a new Calmar entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Calmar 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
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers
Cemeteries and Crematories
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Food Service Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
General Freight Trucking, Local
Household Appliance Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Dentists
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Calmar, 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 investigate buying a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Franchising My Business. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Griswold Special Care and MosquitoNix Franchise Systems, Ltd.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Children's Fitness Franchises and Insurance Franchises.

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

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.

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?

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Naming a Business.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Calmar, it's imperative that you check now that no Iowa company has already registered the company name you have selected.

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Free Business Plan Templates. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

The Art of Selling

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Calmar business to do well.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Effective Sales Presentations is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Never Give Up

Most new Calmar 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 Calmar 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 Calmar, Iowa

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

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