Jacksonville ranked #1 for small business starts

wh-2014-best-cities-to-start-a-businessLast month, the WalletHub named Jacksonville, Florida, the #1 city in the country for small business starts.  WalletHub used 14 unique metrics to gauge the relative entrepreneurial opportunities that exist in the 150 largest U.S. cities–including looking at the level of overhead involved with opening a business, the level of local business competition, depth of the talent pool and the cost of living.  The Resident recently reached out to community leaders, including Generation W speaker Sandy Bartow, Vice President of Entrepreneurial Growth at JAX Chamber, to get their reaction to the findings.

“Because collectively we are cultivating a community of risk takers and our entrepreneurs see both opportunity and support in Jacksonville,” said Bartow in the interview.  “We need to continue to grow a strong infrastructure of support for all levels of entrepreneurship as well as celebrate our successes. We are fortunate to have strong entrepreneurial support organizations that collaborate to impact the entire region.  The JAX Chamber, the US Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center and Jacksonville Women’s Business Center support business owners in moving through their fears by increasing knowledge and business acumen. We also need to shine the spot light on entrepreneurs who every day take risks and create jobs.”

Sandy Bartow was part of the Generation W panel on social entrepreneurship and feels more companies can do well by doing good, thus improving the overall community.   “Every person needs to realize they are important,” said Bartow during her panel.  “From business owner, support organization, corporate life–all of it plays a critical role into the greater good.”

Click here to read the entire article from The Resident which includes comments from Visit Jacksonville’s CEO Paul Astleford and Lori Boyer, District 5 Councilwoman.