The pace of new business registrations in Iowa has been strong over the past 24 months and continues to set records.

Iowans starting a new business or changing ownership of an existing business must file certificates of organization with the Secretary of State’s office. The number of business registrations set a record back in state fiscal year 2019, but slumped during the first months of the pandemic.

Business filings rebounded sharply, though. Fiscal year 2021 business registrations were 25% higher than before the pandemic and set a record. Over the past 12 months, 33,331 new business filings were registered with the state, yet another record high.