SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Interested in starting your own business? You already have an advantage if you live in Springfield. Springfield is among the top five city’s Forbe’s lists as brightest metro areas for startup businesses. St. Joe and St. Louis are also included in the top five.
Two local business owners told us there are several things that make Springfield better than places like Silicon Valley or entrepreneurs looking to dive head first into their own business.
“My heart and soul is here in Springfield and I don’t think we’d be where we’re at without having the community or business community following us the way they have,” said Josh Holstein.
Holstein started Cell A Ride more than five years ago. He said he had the opportunity to base his company in St. Louis but chose Springfield.
“Being all digital I can get clients from all over the country and the benefit of living in Springfield is that the cost of living is so cheap,” said Charlie Rosenbury.
Rosenbury has worked in web development for a decade but two years ago he decided to leave his former job and start his own business, Self Interactive.
“Initially I worked strictly out of home but then I got connected with The eFactory and got more plugged into the entrepreneurial community here in Springfield,” said Rosenbury.
Rosenbury and Holstein said there are new and exciting things happening in Springfield. Something they think makes the city more attractive.
“There’s a lot of new resources coming together like The eFactory which again provides low-cost business space, lots of resources for small businesses to learn about managing a business,” Rosenbury said.
“Without the infrastructure here for startups, at least in my world the startup community, we wouldn’t be where we’re at today,” said Holstein.
Both business owners are thankful Springfield has several organizations to get involved in like One Million Cups and Springfield Creatives.
“I think it’s absolutely critical that you get plugged into your community. Not just for the practical business sense but also because this is where all live and this is what we’re building together,” said Rosenbury.
“Those types of organizations are instrumental for companies like ours to really get the word out and be able to network with other companies, other people that can help us take it to the next level,” Holstein said.
A few other things they mentioned included little regulation around web-based business, cheap rent for brick and mortar shops, and Springfield’s geographical location in the middle of the country.