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Opening a Business in Clarksville, Iowa

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

Clarksville, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

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 Clarksville Businesses

As a new Clarksville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Clarksville 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
Electric Power Distribution
Electrical Contractors
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Fruit and Vegetable Markets
Full-Service Restaurants
General Automotive Repair
Limited-Service Restaurants
Meat Markets
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Lawyers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing
Residential Remodelers

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Clarksville, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Marketing Support. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Spicy Pickle Franchising, LLC and Baymont Inns. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Car Wash Franchises and Healthy Alternative Foods Franchises.

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

Should You Buy an Existing Clarksville Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Clarksville.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Getting your Clarksville business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Business Incubators.

For Clarksville entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, you'll want to take a look at our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Selling Tips

Mastering the art of selling is a must if you want your new Clarksville business to do well.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Mastering the Complex Sale 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.

Next Steps

Most new Clarksville 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.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Clarksville and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Clarksville 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 Clarksville, Iowa

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

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