Small Business Reading Room

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Big City or Small Town: Where would you place your business?

A thanks to Anita Campbell at Small Business Trends for her mention of this article at Business Week: Rewriting the Location Rulebook.

Big cities used to be ideal places to start businesses. That seems to be changing. There are many things that small towns offer that big cities can't, such as affordable rent, no parking fees, a lack of municipal taxes, and other amenities that make towns ideal places for small businesses to be located.

A number of smaller cities are also trying to attract entrepreneurs by offering a mix of incentives and town renovations to make them great places to be located.

Some businesses work as well in a rural setting as well as an urban one. A friend recently told me of his plans to relocate to the side of a mountain in Texas, near a manmade resort area, with a large lake, and a number of marinas. He develops software out of a home office.

How important is your location for your business?


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