Business Resources

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Here are some resources available for those looking to start a new business in Osceola County, Iowa. Please contact our office for any assistance.

The Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) focuses on business assistance and economic development initiatives for business and industry in Northwest Iowa. The NW Iowa SBDC can provide market research and serve as a business coach. Their services are free and confidential, and they are happy to be the first point of contact for those looking to start a business.

Advance Iowa can provide market research, feasibility information, roadmapping assistance and industry information. Advance Iowa is also a resource for businesses looking to start succession planning. The Business Concierge is a free program, however there is a partial fee for some services.

Iowa Sourcelink offers Business Concierge assistance and advice about starting a business in Iowa.  Their website includes comprehensive resources for all facets of business planning, and they offer a range of free business webinars. 


 The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has created a list of the 10 steps to start your business:

  1. Conduct market research
  2. Write your business plan
  3. Fund your business
  4. Pick your business location
  5. Choose a business structure
  6. Choose your business name
  7. Register your business
  8. Get federal and state tax IDs
  9. Apply for licenses and permits
  10. Open a business bank account