Thursday, April 30, 2015


Perception: New York State is one of the least friendly states for business.  Rochester, being in New York (actually, even worse...Upstate New York), must be disastrous for business.

Reality: Rochester, despite being located in both Upstate New York and the Rust Belt (double whammy), might actually be a great spot to start a business.  As reported by the Rochester Business Journal, WalletHub recently ranked the 150 most populated cities nationwide with regards to relative start-up opportunities.  Thirteen unique metrics were used, ranging from 5-year survival rates to the educational attainment of the local workforce.  The findings:

  • Rochester was the top-ranked city in the state of New York.
  • Even more impressive, Rochester was ranked 29th nationally - yes, in the top 20 percent.
  • Rochester was ranked 3rd in the nation for "Access to Resources," a broad category which included 4 of the 13 metrics, namely financing accessibility, office space affordability, employee availability, and labor costs. 

Time to move to Rochester.

1 comment:

  1. Rochester has been home to Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, Gannett, Monro Muffler, Paychex, Constellation Brands, LiDestri, Gleason Works, Western Union, Microtel, Champion, French's Mustard, DiBella's, Wegmans, and so many others. If all of those found a home here, it must be a good place to start a business.