Charlotte Business Community Thrives - Despite Economy
CHARLOTTE, NC- Despite high unemployment numbers and a still struggling economy, Charlotte's business community is thriving.
New spots are opening up all over the city - so the question for business owners is, "Why Charlotte?”
"We believe that this will succeed here because we think the residents of Charlotte will support their local economy, will support the small business," said Matt Grimm, owner of Pet Supplies Plus.
Grimm moved to Charlotte this year to open the store. He was drawn here in part by the quality of life and people’s love for pets.
"As long as the prices are competitive and as long as the variety of what we offer is great," said Grimm.
Local entrepreneurs, like the owner of Amor De Brazil, say they have faith in the Charlotte market.
That's why they took a plunge despite a struggling economy.
Owners of the Brazilian steakhouse chose Charlotte over Denver and New york- touting the city’s family friendly environment, banking center and strong business climate.
Many others have their eyes on the Queen City, like the owner of Atlanta-based Fresh To Order.
“We love Charlotte. It's got everything that we want to expand into. Great weather, good real estate selection. We drove around four days ago, spent a lot of time there and there's a lot of good signs," said Pierre Panos, Fresh to Order founder.
Amy Noland Pack with Accrue Partners says her Charlotte-based company is placing a record number of people in new local jobs.
"If someone comes here with a good business plan, a good marketing strategy and the ability to network and connect with others, Charlotte is very loyal to those businesses and they will thrive," said Noland Pack