January 9, 2021  
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  Dunlap, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Dunlap, Iowa

Are you starting a business in Dunlap, Iowa? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Dunlap.

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Most new companies do not succeed, in part because the founder did not have the tenacity and/or the skills to succeed. So, before you open a business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Dunlap. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

What Business to Start

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 Starting a Management Engineers Business guide or our How to Start a Plastic Raw Materials Business guide.

Always keep in mind that your new startup will be located in Dunlap. Some businesses will do better in Dunlap than others. A critical consideration is whether Dunlap demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Dunlap, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 495
5-9 Employees 210
10-19 Employees 90
20-49 Employees 45
50-99 Employees 15
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Dunlap Businesses 855

As a new Dunlap entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Dunlap 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Community Food Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Home Centers 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 2
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Tire Dealers 1
Veterinary Services 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Dunlap and it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our recommendation is that you look into purchasing a franchise. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Why Franchises Fail. 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 American Engine Installation and COIT Drapery & Carpet Cleaners. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Ice Cream Franchises and Pest Control Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Dunlap Business?

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

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

Raising Capital for Your Venture

Getting your Dunlap business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

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

For Dunlap entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Moving Forward

Most new Dunlap 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 Dunlap and throughout the United States . 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 Dunlap, Iowa

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

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