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, smog or emission check facilities are common in states with tight air pollution controls. States like California and New York allow facilities that are not auto repair businesses to perform emission tests and issue official reports required for vehicle licensing and renewal. Emissions testing shops must hold special state licenses and in some cases, licensing agreements to operate their computer systems.