Top 7 Reasons To Do Business In Austin TX
By Kris Colquette
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With a failing real estate market and slouching business results all over the country some entrepreneurs will be asking themselves where they should be doing and starting businesses. Austin Texas has been on it's own with a resilient economy and successful startups even while others are failing to succeed. This article examines why Austin continues to outpace the rest of the country and why you should think twice about doing or moving your business to Austin Texas.
There is absolutely no lack of intelligent future employees to search from in Austin TX. From public to private, elementary and secondary schools, downtown Austin is home to some of the best recognized educational opportunities in the city. Downtown is also home to the Rio Grande campus of Austin Community College and the University of Texas and the nearby Houston-Tillotson University.
If your business is retail Austin TX continues to outpace the rest of the country with successful retail stores and there's still room for more! With more than 300 retailers, downtown is home to some of Austin’s most unique shopping opportunities in the city. From home décor stores such as Design Within Reach, Loft, Mercury, and the Home Retreat to funky clothing stores like Estilo or Cowboy Cool, downtown shopping is sure to please. Get unique gifts at Authenticity, Enchante, the Mexic-Arte gift shop or Tears of Joy Hot Sauce Co. Looking for the perfect piece of jewelry? Then head to Kruger’s, Koen and Son, Anthony Nak or Eliza Page. Find that great piece of art at one of the many wonderful art galleries. These and other retailers provide a one of a kind shopping experience in the vibrant setting of downtown. Casual, cosmopolitan, eclectic, five-star, techie, hippie, historic, chic, intellectual, fashionable, artistic and weird… The adjectives used to describe downtown Austin are as numerous and diverse as the people who live, work and visit here.
- Downtown Employment
Many top law firms, financial institutions, nonprofits, technology companies, professional services firms and governmental agencies house their operations in downtown Austin. Downtown serves as the world headquarters to large corporations such as Whole Foods Market, GSD&M and Silicon Labs. With all of the things to do and see downtown, employees often consider working downtown a huge perk!
There are lots of ways to get around downtown. Capital Metro operates numerous bus routes from all parts of town and a free ‘Dillo service that quickly circulates around downtown making short trips hassle-free. The city also features several bicycle and pedestrian paths that help residents get to their destinations quickly and safely.
- Outdoor Activities
Downtown Austin is host to many recreational activities and events. At downtown’s Republic Square, Brush Square and Wooldridge Square visitors can log onto free wireless Internet, enjoy the weekly farmers’ market, attend the “Movies in the Park” or yoga classes, play Giant Chess, visit the O. Henry Museum or just relax. Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Auditorium Shores and Zilker Park are all within walking distance of the heart of downtown. With activities ranging from canoeing to watching the famous Mexican Freetail bats leave the Congress Avenue Bridge, downtown serves as a recreational hub for all of Austin.
Austin doesn’t brag about being the “Live Music Capital of the World” just for the fun of it! The district has more than 60 live music venues- a number that grows substantially when South by Southwest rolls into town! If a club’s got an open spot on the floor, it’s a live music venue too!
Downtown Austin residents are passionate about their neighborhood and their small businesses. The community is filled with restaurants, theaters, museums, outdoor activities, one of a kind retailers and an eclectic entertainment scene – all of which create a vibrant scene that is uniquely Austin.
A wide range of residential choices exist in and around the downtown area, from single family homes to more than 3,300 unique residential units available for purchase or rent. The downtown community is made up of a diverse population – from students to empty nesters and more.
Most downtown dwellers will tell you that the real benefit of living downtown is being within walking distance of work, dinner, a play or a nightclub. Currently, almost 363,000 people live within 10 miles of the heart of downtown Austin. Downtown is home to almost 6,000 diverse residents, 90,000 daytime employees and well over 100,000 evening patrons.
No matter what your niche is you'll find an audience in Austin Texas!
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Article Submitted On: May 16, 2009