Choosing the right city for you and your business can be difficult. There are a lot of factors to consider, both personally and professionally. You want to choose somewhere that your business can flourish in the long term, somewhere that offers unique advantages to you, and a place that is the right fit for you and your family. When weighing your options, consider Rome.
1. Best Small City in the Southeast
In the New Rating Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities, Rome ranks as both the Most Livable City and the Best Small City in the Southeast. With just under 100,000 people residing in the county, you’ll find a small town feel, but with plenty of economic development and potential to grow your business. Stop wasting time sitting in traffic and get to Rome, where you can live and work in the same city!
2. Low Startup Costs
In MakerVillage, you can rent an office for as little as $175 a month. There is over 8,200 square feet available, with the option to choose a unit and office size that best fits your needs. The price of square foot per dollar is well under the average because we’re aware of how challenging it can be to start a business. We want to see you succeed, so we’re covering part of the costs to attract startups to MakerVillage.
3. Friendly Lease Agreements
We don't require a one-year lease. We think that the ability to take risks is what makes entrepreneurship possible. For that reason, we have absorbed the risk that most traditional landlords wouldn't, and we let you commit to as little as three months. You can give yourself time to get that project off the ground, work towards a successful crowdfunding campaign, or experiment without fear that you will owe money if it fails. In the same vein, we do not charge deposits for our startups or run credit checks.
4. Resources to Help You Succeed
You’ll have access to 7Hills Makerspace, a community workshop located in downtown Rome, where you can access various production equipment and artistic resources. There, you’ll be able to meet artists, engineers, business owners, and students who can help you as you are growing your business.
5. Incredibly Fast Internet
At one gig per second, portions of Rome have internet speeds 100 times faster than the national average. You’ll be able to upload and download files, stream videos and presentations, and conduct business at an unimaginable speed.
6. Quality College Interns
Berry College was ranked by US News as the best up-and-coming liberal arts college in the United States. It has the nation’s premier student work program, in which it pairs local businesses and students together. As small businesses try to grow, hiring college students can be an ideal option to attract quality employees at a price significantly under market value.
7. Excellent Childcare/Schooling
Floyd County is home to excellent education, with plenty of public and private schools to choose from. Private schools include Berry College’s Elementary School, Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Unity Christian School, Darlington School, and Montessori School of Rome. You can move to Rome with confidence that you’ll be able to find the right school for your child.
8. Ability to Impact Change
In Rome you can be a big fish in a small-but-flourishing pond. Here, you’ll have the ability to impact change and help shape the future of an entire city. The success of your business can help the community grow in a variety of ways. You may be able to hire local employees, become a board member of a local charity, or even help to attract new businesses to Rome. In Rome, city officials want to hear from business owners, so you can provide input on what our city will become.