License, Permit, and Registration Resources

Federal Resources

Federal - Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

State Resources

Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR)

Find Out About These Tax Benefits for Small Businesses:

Contacting IDR

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD)

Employment services, education and regulation of health, safety and employment laws

UITS assists employers by calculating taxable wages and contributions due based on information provided. Employers can pay their Unemployment Insurance contributions by eCheck, credit card (MasterCard only) or paper check with a payment remittance voucher. Use of the system is voluntary for employers.

Iowa Secretary of State

Information for corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and state trademarks

Contacting Secretary of State

Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT)

Contacting DOT

Iowa Department of Agriculture

Contacting Department of Agriculture

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA)

Contacting DIA:

Iowa Department of Commerce

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

Licensing for retail and wholesale sales of alcoholic liquor, wine and beer

Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau

Licensing of accountants, architects, engineers and land surveyors, landscape architects, real estate brokers and agents, real estate appraisers, and interior designers

Iowa Insurance Division

Supervises all insurance business transacted in the state, grants permission to companies wishing to sell insurance in Iowa, resolves problems and provides information about insurance for small businesses,

Iowa Department of Public Health

Licenses athletic trainers, barbers and cosmetologists, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, hearing aid dealers, speech pathologists and audiologists, morticians, massage and physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, respiratory care practitioners, social workers

Contacting Public Health

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Contacting DNR

County Resources

County Governments

Ask About These Tax Benefits for Small Businesses:

County Recorder

County Treasurer

Contacting county governments and officials

List of counties and contact information about each

City Resources

Contacting city governments

Other Federal Resources

Federal Trade Commission

Promote competition, protect consumers

Contacting the FTC

Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms

Manufacture or sales of firearms

Contacting the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

U.S. Department of Labor

Federal labor laws

Contacting the U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Commerce

Economic development, exporting, tariffs

Contacting the U.S. Department of Commerce

Personal Resources

Your Community Bank or Credit Union

Your Attorney’s Office

Legal advice and representation

Your Accountant’s Office

Bookkeeping advice or service

Your Insurance Agent

Loss and liability protection

A University or College Business Center Program

Business plans and general assistance

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