Alpharetta The Top Small City For Small Business Owners

Date: August 21, 2015

Survey Finds Georgia City A Hospitable Location For Emerging Industries

Alpharetta, Georgia, population 60,000, is a small city with a lot going for it – and small business owners. When NerdWallet and Entrepreneur Media surveyed 463 cities across the US with populations between 50,000 and 100,000, Alpharetta come out on top because “of its ability to attract companies both large and small,” according to Entrepreneur Magazine. The survey found two common features of emerging small business hot spots are proximity to major business centers and new tech-intensive industries. Alpharetta – located just 26 miles from Atlanta – hosts satellite offices of multinationals including Hewlett-Packard and McKesson’s technology research division, but the survey notes the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce “supports a strong local business environment, too.” The Alpharetta Technology Commission also provides a growth environment to the local tech sector. Overall, Alpharetta hosts an incredible 15 businesses per 100 people, 65 percent more than the average for the 463 cities in the survey universe, and average revenue per business comes close to $7 million annually.

What This Means For Small Businesses

For entrepreneurs who plan on launching a small business, location, location, location is key. If moving to Alpharetta from Atlanta or other parts of Georgia is not in the cards, carefully examine the conditions that have allowed this small Georgia city to thrive as a host for small businesses, such as an active local business community with resources to help fellow small businesses thrive and a willingness to welcome high-growth sectors.

Additional Reading

Nerd Wallet provides additional details on the small city survey. NFIB recently noted a positive uptick in Georgia manufacturing jobs, part of a general trend of state job growth.

Note: this article is intended to keep small business owners up on the latest news. It does not necessarily represent the policy stances of NFIB.

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