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Start Your Business In Hancock County

We'll Help You Get Started!

Whether you are thinking about starting a business or growing an existing company, we can help you get started.  There are many business tools and educational opportunities in Hancock County to assist you. From exploring financial resources, business plan development and networking sessions we are eager to meet with you to discuss your business operation.  

If you are committed to the work necessary to be successful, Hancock County Economic Development can help get you started.

  • We will offer key resources you need to review.
  • We will help you with a business plan.
  • We will put you in contact with other experts in developing a small business.
  • We will give you ideas for financing.
  • We will make sure you address details regarding marketing, paying taxes, getting insurance, having legal support and more.

If you have a desire and a commitment to starting your own enterprise in Hancock County, contact us at 641-923-9921, or email us at director@hancockcountyiowa.com or visit us in our office in the Prairie Energy Building at 650 West 3rd Street in Garner. We will be glad to help you! Here are other helpful resources if you want to do some research now.

 

Six Steps to a Successful Start – (IA Source Link)

IA Source Link is a website started by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. It is designed specifically to help you successfully start and continue to operate your business. If you have a business question, there is a good chance the answer is at IA Source Link. For more information, go to the website at IA Source Link. There you will find details about the six steps to a successful start:

  1. What it takes to start a business
  2. Start-up classes and events
  3. Meet with a business counselor
  4. Plan your business
  5. Get registrations, licenses and permits
  6. Find a business location 

How to begin a social media marketing program : See the Social Media Presentation download in the right column.

 

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Mason City: 
Based at North Iowa Area Community College, the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is one of the nation’s most recognized small business development programs. Business assistance, classroom education, and its acclaimed “Launch and Grow Your Business” program are all designed to assist you reach your dreams, built on a schedule that will work with yours. For more information, go to www.niacc.edu/pappajohn/newbusiness.html. You may also call 641-422-4111. 

North Iowa Small Business Development Center, Mason City: 
Based at North Iowa Area Community College, the SBDC is a provider of comprehensive business start-up and ongoing business operations assistance. They will help you develop a sound Business Plan, which will help you to be successful, and will also be needed when you look for financial assistance.  You can meet with the SBDC in Mason City or in Hancock County on select days. More information at: 
www.iowasbdc.org/services/regional-centers/mason-city
You may also call 641-422-4342.

 

If you need to build or remodel in Hancock County there are several contractors to work with:

General: 
Henkel Construction: 208 E. State St., Mason City IA 50401; 641-423-5674
Holland Contracting: 1400 S. 4th St., Forest City, IA  50436; 641-585-2231
Kingland Construction Services: 1335 Hwy 169 South, Forest City, IA  50436; 641-585-0101
Larson Contracting, Inc:508 W. Main St., Lake Mills IA 50450; 641-592-5800

Concrete: 
Yohn Co.: 320 Hwy 18 W, Garner IA 50438; 641-923-2601

 
 

"Based at North Iowa Area Community College, the SBDC is a provider of comprehensive business start-up and ongoing business operations assistance. They will help you develop a sound Business Plan, which will help you to be successful, and will also be needed when you look for financial assistance."


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