Doing business in the Iowa District

Business requirements

SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area.

Business name and registration

Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.

Business licensing and zoning

Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business.


Iowa Taxpayer Assistance Centers
210 Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-564-6618

Iowa Department of Revenue
1305 E. Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 800-367-3388

Health and safety

Iowa Division of Labor
150 Des Moines St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-242-5870

U.S. Department of Labor OSHA
210 Walnut St., Room 643
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-657-4960

State small business profiles

Need information on the local business landscape? SBA's Office of Advocacy has the latest demographic and statistics on local small business economic activity.

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Local assistance

Need help? Get free business counseling in your area.

SBA lending in our area

  • Loan programs

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    Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
  • Lender Match

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    Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
  • Lending activity reports

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    View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.

Additional local resources

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Last updated March 22, 2024