Phoenix ranked top five city for creating small businesses, national group says

PHOENIX - Phoenix has been named one of America's top five cities for small business opportunities, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

The organization states that Phoenix is a young, big city, which gives it a major advantage over other cities because it can attract small businesses and entrepreneurs.

"The majority of people starting small businesses and prospering were born somewhere else," NFIB State Director Farrell Quinlan said. "That kind of 'new blood' and vitality means opportunities in Phoenix aren't encumbered by an 'old boys' network."

Phoenix has elements that attract small businesses - like the rebounding economy, favorable climate and entrepreneurial culture, according to the organization.

They also recognized how the City Council has taken steps to encourage small business owners and make it easier to do business with the city. Recently, Phoenix has begun offering online review of building plans and they even co-located city and Maricopa County permitting services to City Hall.

"We're moving in a new economic direction - one that creates real opportunity for business owners and permitting services at City Hall," Mayor Greg Stanton said in a emailed statement.

Other cities that were included in the NFIB's list were Casper, Wyo., Jackson, Miss., Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.

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