Iowa is at the red hot center of America's Corn Belt. Besides its vast agrarian accomplishments producing much of the nation's and the world's foodstuffs, Iowan industry turns those crops into some of people's favorite processed foods like cereals, cookies and crackers. As a result, Iowa is both a great place to eat and to do business. Entrepreneurs will find that most business licenses and permits are issued by the state, not local cities and towns -- and that the Iowa keeps business licensing and permitting light and easy -- like corn oil.
In Iowa, food trucks are sweeping the nation. As trucks have changed from standard pre-prepared hamburgers, sandwiches and tacos to gourmet and specialty foods, people around the country have jumped on the food truck bandwagon. However, these popular, low-overhead businesses have no shortage of licensing and permitting required. Often numerous state, county and city licenses are needed including several environmental health permits.