Chamber of Commerce
Starting a New Business
Interested in starting a new business?
Here is where you will find the information you will need to begin your venture into starting your own business.
Contents: First Steps, Business License Information, Tax Information, Form of Ownership, Employess
Where to Find Information
First Steps in Starting a Business
The first step in starting any business in Iowa is to contact the Business License Information Center. The center is your link between business and regulatory agencies in state government. Next contact your City Clerk or Country Auditor for information on local requirements (local ordinance or zoning information), and third arrange for legal counsel and accounting services.
Information the Business License Information Center Provides
The Business License Information Center contains a computerized list of hundreds of different kinds of business licenses, permits and regulations. When you call the center for assistance, an information kit is designed to meet you specific needs, such as required licenses, a summary of each license, special requirements for obtaining the license, fees and processing times as well as agency names and phone numbers.
Want information to help your existing business? The Business License Information Center can offer quick and accurate answers in:
The assistance you get from the Business License Information Center is free. Call toll free, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30 pm: (800) 532-1216. In Des Moines or outside Iowa. (515) 281-8310 or (515) 281-8324.
Iowa Department of Revenue & Finance, (515) 281-3114
Form of Ownership
Secretary of State -- Incorporation, Corporations, Limited Partnerships
State Trademarks -- (515) 281-5204
County Recorder -- Sole Proprietership and Simple Partnership
Internal Revenue Service, (800) 424-1040
Clarinda Economic Development Corporation
200 S. 15th Street
Clarinda, IA 51632