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Start-ups Attracted by More Than Just "Southern Charm" in the South

October 26, 2015 / by Brad Stickland posted in South Carolina, Accounting Services

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BStricklandWhen you think about the South you might think about the great food, the friendly people or the accents. But did you know that Southern cities are quickly getting a new association as a great place for scalable start-up businesses? Charleston, South Carolina is a perfect example of this new Southern business climate. According to Digsouth.com's blog, Charleston’s combination of affordable opportunities and friendly business atmosphere is what has attracted the likes of “Boeing, Mercedes, Volvo and Google.”

As a provider of accounting services, I like to keep my eye on trends in the business world. It’s impossible not to notice that certain southern cities are quickly becoming Meccas for start-ups, especially in the tech sector. Because my work deals specifically with accounting services, I can immediately spot a few reasons for this shift: one being that the South is more affordable and has business-friendly tax laws in many of its states. But the article on Digsouth.com highlights other pulls as well.

The article highlights some of the special cultural attributes of Charleston. For one, it is a city that seems to understand inherently that businesses are about people. “In the South, hospitality and customer service aren’t classes taught by human resources, they are bonafide traditions.” This can be the ideal setting for a business that views the welfare of its employees and their work-life balance as crucial both to the employees themselves and to the business.

But as the tech industry benefits from Charleston’s people-centric approach, increasingly people are benefitting from the city’s tech-centric approach. The people, the culture and business-friendly tax structures may have been the initial draw for these big businesses, but now there is a growing tech sector in the South that is providing its own kind of draw for the city. Cities like Charleston, Austin, and Raleigh have experienced huge growth in the tech sector in the last decade.

If you’re looking to move your business, or looking for the right place to start your business, consider the south. Talk it over with some other southern business owners as well as your accounting services professionals. Don’t let those delicious Waffle House restaurants that dot the highways in the South make the decision for you, but don’t write them off too quickly either.

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Texas and South Carolina Cited Among Top States for Doing Business

November 22, 2014 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Franchises, South Carolina, Texas

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Area_DevelopmentWe already knew that Texas and South Carolina are great places for growing companies. After all, both states are home to Supporting Strategies offices where we've seen clients thrive. Now Area Development magazine has chimed in, counting Texas and South Carolina as two of the top states in which to do business. That's good news for all of you out there working to grow your business — or your clients' businesses.

The findings are based on the fifth annual survey of site consultants ranking states based on categories like business environment, labor climate, infrastructure and global access. According to Area Development, Texas was responsible for about a third of America's net-job gains in the 10 years leading up to 2012: "The pillars of its success include a pro-business environment, strong work force, improving schools, and an infrastructure that allows efficient access to global markets."

As for South Carolina, the state was called out for the high quality of its workforce. The survey findings also identified advantages like the state's lower costs of doing business as well as its great incentive programs and supportive state government.

The Supporting Strategies teams in Texas, headed up by Andy Hale, and South Carolina, headed up by Brad Strickland, say the findings underscore why owning a Supporting Strategies franchise is such a great opportunity. We all understand how rewarding it is to put the necessary support infrastructure in place that allow small businesses to get off the ground, and then really take off. Congrats to both states on a terrific showing.

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Client Profiles: 603 Brewery & ISI Technology

October 29, 2014 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Client Profiles, South Carolina, Southern New Hampshire

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Through our 15 office locations, Supporting Strategies serves hundreds of small businesses from coast to coast. Hear from two clients who rely on us for expert bookkeeping and operational support: 603 Brewery and ISI Technology. 

Geoff_Hewes_portrait603 Brewery
Client since April 2014
Franchisee: Lori Kunkel, Southern New Hampshire

603 hand crafts a tasty array of ales on a 15-barrel steam-heated system at its brewery in Londonderry, N.H. "Supporting Strategies spent numerous hours over the course of two months working with our accountant/investor to clean up our financials," said Geoff Hewes, one of the three owner/founders. "Since then, we've been running on all cylinders. They've helped us communicate with our investors using a common accounting language."

Jerry_CallahanISI Technology
Client since January 2014
Franchisee: Brad Strickland, South Carolina

ISI has developed and patented a revolutionary all-tankless water heater for commercial and residential applications. "The response time with Supporting Strategies is terrific, and the quality of work is flawless," said founder and CEO Jerry Callahan. "In addition to accounting and related tasks, they're helping us with our next round of fundraising, which is an added benefit. Great results and great value!"

To get in touch with a Supporting Strategies representative, please contact us today.

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