The land which is now known as the state of Iowa was obtained in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. It didn’t fully become a state until more than forty years later, in 1846. The land is naturally divided by two huge rivers; the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers on the west side. Iowa is an agricultural powerhouse in the United States, producing around one tenth of the nation’s food supply. It is a national leader in corn, soybeans, and hogs. It also has a thriving manufacturing industry. Iowa, or "The Hawkeye State," has strong opportunities for small business owners looking for low cost of living combined with a capable workforce, and it is also known to be one of the safest states in the country.

Industry Stats

  • There are more biomedical and agricultural engineers than there are pest control workers in this state.

  • Of the 20,818 weddings held in Iowa in 2015, 17,279 of them spent an average of $4,342 on food services.

  • There are only 70 barbers in the entire state of Iowa.

  • There are about ten times as many clergy as there are members of the military in this state.

  • Couples spent over $2 million on postage for their weddings last year.

  • More people work in the animal slaughtering business than in department stores in Iowa.

Iowa has promising prospects for the small business owner. It has an affordable cost of living and an expanding workforce. Cedar Rapids and Des Moines provide ample market opportunities to take advantage of the low prices Iowa has to offer.

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