Starting a business should be an exciting time, not a difficult one. From registering with the State to hiring qualified employees, our How to Start a Business checklist will walk you through the steps of starting a business.other forms of assistance to small businesses.
Basics of Establishing a Small Business
Looking to register your company with the State as a sole proprietor, LLC, SCORP or CCORP? Make sure you are getting the right attorney for the job.
Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). It’s free and easy to do yourself; or have an attorney help!
A sales tax number is required but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. Have an accountant help you register to ensure all steps are covered.
All that money needs to go somewhere! Open a business bank account to keep your earnings safe and secure.
Setting up a strong accounting system is a crucial step in a business’ money management. Find the right accountant for your business.
Keep your business secure by setting up an insured coverage plan for your business.
Not sure where to go from here? Find guidance, business plans and cashflow advice to keep your business on the upward trajectory.
- Find your Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office.
- Find your SCORE chapter.
- Grow your business with the help of the Women’s Business Center.
- Discover resources at the Drake Legal Clinic.
Learn how to navigate the maze of business licensing requirements, including:
- Federal Licensing
- City Clerk
- Construction Contractor Registration
- Daycare/Childcare Licensing
- Restaurant or Bakery (Not Serving Alcohol)
- Liquor License
- Licensing Vehicles and Drivers
- Other Licensing and Permits
Prepare your business for the hiring and firing process before bringing on employees.
Join a state or regional association to propel your business to success, such as:
- Iowa Restaurant Association
- Cosmetologist and Barbers of Iowa
- Iowa Childcare Resource and Referral
- Contact your professional association to find more resources specific to your industry.
Take claim over your idea by filing for a trademark and/or patent.