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Starting a Business in Villisca, Iowa

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. We recommend that you 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 Men's Shoes Business guide or our Opening a Rhinology Physicians & Surgeons Business guide.

Don't forget that you are starting a business in Villisca. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Villisca. Only by spending some time analyzing Villisca demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Villisca, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

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 Villisca Businesses

As a new Villisca entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Villisca 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
Beauty Salons
Car Washes
Child Day Care Services
Community Food Services
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Limited-Service Restaurants
Marketing Consulting Services
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Solid Waste Collection
Veterinary Services
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Don't Skip the Business Plan

A business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, 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.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Outsourcing. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Marketing Your New Business

To grow your Villisca business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some useful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Buying Radio Ads is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

Being able to sell is essential to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Villisca or are selling to customers throughout Iowa, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Hiring Good Sales People is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

The best business owners recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Villisca, Iowa, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Iowa universities, colleges and community colleges. We also recommend you look into Villisca networking organizations.

Next Steps

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

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 Villisca and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Villisca 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 Villisca, Iowa

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

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