August 6, 2020  
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Starting a Business in Cresco, Iowa

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

Do You Have What It Takes?

Most startup ventures do not succeed, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Cresco. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • Take a look at Business Failure. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Country Dining Restaurant guide or our Opening a Church of the Brethren Church guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Cresco. Some businesses will do better in Cresco than others. Don't forget to review Cresco demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Cresco, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 288
5-9 Employees 135
10-19 Employees 63
20-49 Employees 39
50-99 Employees 21
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 3
1000+ Employees 0
All Cresco Businesses 555

As a new Cresco entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Cresco 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Book Publishers 1
Business Associations 3
Cement Manufacturing 1
Cheese Manufacturing 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 2
Computer and Software Stores 2
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Convenience Stores 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Credit Unions 1
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 4
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Family Clothing Stores 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Flour Milling 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Homes for the Elderly 2
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Machine Shops 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 2
New Car Dealers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 7
Offices of Optometrists 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Political Organizations 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Retail Bakeries 1
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Shoe Stores 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 2

Forming a Company in Cresco, Iowa

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Iowa, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Iowa. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Nevada Incorporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Cresco, Iowa, our information on Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Cresco business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Business Incubators.

For Cresco entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Cresco business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Advertising in Magazines discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Now It's Up To You

Most new Cresco businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

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

We are here to help Cresco 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 Cresco, Iowa

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

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