Commercial Building Available In Mapleton, IA

This office space or clinic building downtown in Mapleton, IA is available for sale. It comes equipped with a waiting room, front desk, and 3-4 offices.

This building also includes a partial basement, a break room, and a built in music system.

Want to start new or move your business to Mapleton? Give us a call! 712-433-4493

 

 

Prepare Your Small Business For Big Events

Monona County, IA is expected to see a large influx of people in the summer of 2018.

Onawa Racing and Events Complex is opening in May with a full schedule.

The Whiting Rodeo, Monona County Fair, and RAGBRAI are all happening in July.

All of these events will bring in more than current businesses are used to serving. This is Monona County’s opportunity to be a stand-out region. We can start by preparing our local businesses. Although summer is still 4 months away, the time to plan is now.

Staff  & Customer Service:

The first thing to do is meet with your staff. A staff that is included in the planning process will work harder for the success of the business.

After you have determined the amount of staff needed to work each event, start scheduling their hours today. Be sure to account for situations with staff that cannot be foreseen, so you don’t end up understaffed. It may be a good idea to hire temporary employees, if your budget allows.

This is also the time to talk about customer service with your employees. It is imperative that your business put its best foot forward with customer service during this time, as friendly local service reflects on the entire community. Be sure you are allowing your staff proper breaks, a variety of work, and rewarding incentives to keep them from getting board, tired, and over-worked. Happy employees will provide great customer service for your business.

Appearance

Have you been needing to apply a new coat of paint, deep clean, or fix that outside light? Take this opportunity to make a great impression on this summer’s guests by tackling those lingering projects in the coming weeks.

Supply & Financials

Two weeks before a big event is not the time to try to come up with the money to stock the shelves of your business and pay additional staff, nor is it the time to take your distributor by surprise by ordering a large amount of items that they are unable to fulfill. You will need to plan to supply your business with a larger amount of inventory than normal. Start getting creative today with supplies and financial planning. Some businesses will slowly add to their inventory each week by adding a few extra items with each shipment. If your business stocks perishable items, you can apply the same concept by slowly setting aside the money to order the items closer to time and communicating with your distributor, the needs of your business for a big event.

Your Website, Google, & Yelp

No better time than the present to beef up your online presence.

Check your website to be sure it is updated with current address, hours, & phone numbers. A majority of the people visiting the area this summer will be completely unfamiliar with our communities. They will turn to their phones and the internet to help guide them toward what they are looking for.

Take a moment and ask Siri “Take me to the closest (insert your business type)” Where does google maps direct you to? If it is your business, your right on track. If not it’s time to do some work. Use this guide to help. If your business does show up, check the map to make sure it is pointing to the right location.

Yelp is a mobile app being used all over the country as a business directory to help customers find what they are looking for based on location and rating. Get on Yelp here. Yelp and Google are both free services that increases your business’ exposure. Need help? Contact us today.

Now you have stocked your supplies, hired staff, and got your brick and mortar location in tip-top shape. Lets take a look at how to get those customers through the door with four quick steps.

4 Things You Can Do Today to Attract New Customers

Brick and Mortar is not dying.

With all of the online shopping hype, you may believe that brick and mortar retail will slowly fade out and that online shopping is the future. This is not the case today. While online shopping is a great new convenient technology, we have to remember that people do not want to be stuck at home all of the time. More than that, people are eagerly seeking out smaller communities to visit and experience. We just have to let them know that we are here and what we have to offer.

Ask yourself today: “What makes a customer leave their home to visit my store?”

Would you personally leave your home to visit your store if you did not own it? What makes it so special? Nowadays brick and mortars aren’t competing for customers based on product. We are competing based on experience. Before diving deep into marketing your business in this post-modern era, take some time to ask yourself what does your business have to offer for a unique experience? Got the answer? Great. Lets market like we have never marketed before!

1. Get Social.

If you haven’t yet, its time to set up that Facebook business page. If you already have one, it’s time to get active. Check out Wordstream’s article on Getting Started With Social Media Marketing. Share photos to your social profile that will entice customers to visit your store. Talk about the environment, the staff, etc. Don’t forget to engage with customers by answering questions and encouraging them to comment. This builds relationships and loyalty. Chances are, you are already spending time on social media. Take that time to market your business. One simple step you can take today is liking and commenting on other posts, just to help people remember your name.

2. Get on the Map.

With today’s technology, a potential customer no longer has to drive around searching for what they need. They simply push a button on their phones, and say “I would like a giant cheeseburger.” Google will analyze the need and location of the customer and gather a business list of the closest restaurants known for “Giant Cheeseburgers.” The map will take the customer directly to that business. Is your business in on this action? Click here to add your business to the map!

3. Check your facade.

Is it time to update the facade of your building? Been needing to update your signage? Studies show that just changing an accent color, or adding a potted plant can help potential customers to notice your store. Some Monona County Cities have exterior facade programs to help offset the cost of upgrading the exterior of your building, read about upgrade incentives here.

4. Make your customer’s visit enjoyable.

Create a clean environment your customer will want to spend time in. When you make a customer’s visit enjoyable, they will do half of your marketing for you. When its not-so-great they also will spread the word. Talk to your staff today about customer service, organization, and cleanliness.

 

Monona County Economic Development Partnership offers a free service to businesses looking to start or expand their business in Monona County, IA.  Contact us today to get started.

Launch Week

A week of events relating to innovation and entrepreneurship will take place in Sioux City as part of the 5th annual Launch Week, November 10th – 17th. With speakers, startup presentations and plenty of networking, Launch Week aims to inspire, motivate, and promote collaboration among professionals.

We have all of the Launch Week Events listed on our Event Calendar,

Business Succession Planning

ISU Startup Factory

Google Workshop

Biz Brew

Dream Big Grow Here Grant Pitch Competition

Business For Breakfast

or visit Iowa West Coast Initiative website for more information.

 

Business Opportunity | NAPA

Want to be your own boss? Existing businesses can be real moneymakers, giving new owners a chance to move in on a proven concept and an already established client base as they make it their own. 

The owners of NAPA Auto Parts Store in Mapleton, Iowa are ready to retire and sell the business with a two bay garage located at 206 S. 4th Street. The store that has served as auto parts, tire shop, and light mechanic work has seen profits for the last 12 years it has been in business, according to the owner.

The purchase of this business includes; a brand-new 10k lb hoist,  tire machine, spin balancer, compressor, ect. It also includes the existing inventory and the building/lot.

Mapleton, IA is 45 minutes southeast of Sioux City. Great school district and a peaceful, low-crime community.

This is a Great opportunity for a young mechanic or family looking to live in a small town to raise their family.

Contact the owners for more information about the business.

Address: 206 S 4th St, Mapleton, IA 51034
Phone: (712) 882-2136
Please contact Monona County Economic Development for assistance with starting your own business in Monona County!