Start My Own Business

industrial workerThinking you have the right stuff to take a shot at building your own business? Good for you!

We offer a suite of resources to help you get started, to build your idea and to get to the launchpad. We value entrepreneurs in Franklin County. Some of our greatest successes (Sukup Manufacturing, ABCM Corporation, Buresh Buildings, Century Machine, Mulford Concrete, Kum N'Go Convenience Stores, Continental Wholesale and many others) have gotten their start here.

Franklin County Entre Team - A group of attorneys, accountants, retail and industry experts have agreed to provide free time to consult with you about your project. They don't shake your hand just once, they are willing to become a long-term partner and mentor to help you over the rough spots. We also provide initial consulting and technical services to help you explore if this is the road you want to go down. Access to the Team is by emailing us.

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center - The gold standard of start-up advice and assistance, the Center is located on the campus of North Iowa Area Community College in nearby Mason City, Ia. Through these partners you can access one of the most recognized courses in how to build a business plan in the entire nation. They also have access to funding streams and follow-up assistance. Scholarship assistance available for the Launch and Learn classes. Contact FCDA for details

Iowa Economic Development Authority - This is where you can find a great collection of resources for planning and funding.

Workforce - What an employer needs to know about hiring, payroll taxes, postings, filings, etc.

Confused? No problem, we are here to help so please feel free to contact us. A couple other resources are posted below and don't worry if it feels like you're drinking from a firehose. That's normal!

New Business Startup Checklist
Interactive Business Plan Worksheet
Just for Entrepreneurs

Paying Business Taxes