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Greer Featured In NerdWallet Study On Best Places To Start a Business In South Carolina

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, The Greer Development Corporation, The City of Greer, the Partnership for Tomorrow and Greer CPW are proud to announce a top 5 ranking by the acclaimed financial website “Nerdwallet” for cities to start a business.

“This study affirms that Greer is a top place to open a business in our great state.  As a community, we welcome and support new businesses as well as encourage growth from our existing companies,” said Mark Owens, President & CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce

The study by “Nerdwallet” names Greer as the 4th best place in SC to start a business based on a study that examined communities with populations over 7,000 and more than 500 businesses.  The two areas of focus were business climate and local economic health.  These were calculated by a total of six variables including average revenue of businesses, number of businesses per 100 people, annual median income and unemployment rate.

“Whether we are working to retain our existing business base or recruiting a new business or industry to Greer, our focus is always first and foremost making sure that it is easy to do business in Greer,” said Wryley Bettis, Chairman of the Greer Development Corporation.  “Good partnerships, a great community, and listening to the needs of our business community will ensure that Greer continues to grow to be the very best that it can be.”

NerdWallet describes Greer with the following paragraph: “This city is the site of the only BMW automotive manufacturing facility in North America. Greer has grown 54% from 2000 to 2013, and now it’s home to a young and diverse population. Small businesses benefit from its growing population and through the efforts of organizations, such as Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce and Greer Development Corp., which helps owners of specialty shops and restaurants. Businesses in Greer have high average revenues of $2,184,227, which is 139% more than the average business in South Carolina.”

“Businesses in the City of Greer recognize and value such outstanding services and amenities as police and fire protection, infrastructure assistance and street lighting, lower utility costs, and the city’s ideal location in the center of the I-85 corridor. With four consecutive years of record gross retail sales in the city, it’s evident that the City of Greer is a great place to do business,” said City of Greer Administrator Ed Driggers.

“Greer is a wonderful community, and we are certainly pleased to be a part of it,” said Greer CPW General Manager Jeffrey Tuttle. “We’re proud to provide first class utility services for our new and growing businesses, and our reliability is consistently ranked among the best in the country. Our mission is to exceed customer expectations, and our staff works hard to fulfill it every day.”

“The Partnership for Tomorrow focuses on the future of Greer and this ranking shows the direction our community is heading. The 15 year community master plan that is about to be released will continue to guide Greer forward as we plan as a community for future success,” said Partnership for Tomorrow Chairman Brian Martin.

Read the full study online for more information and resources for entrepreneurs. For more information about NerdWallet, visit