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, graphic design and online sales, or e-commerce are common home-based businesses. People looking for flexible lifestyles or just to work from home can usually set up these businesses easily. While in many cities including Los Angeles and New York, only standard business licensing requirements apply, numerous cities and counties require Home Occupation Permits for home-based businesses.