Phoenix Earns High Marks From NFIB


Phoenix is one of America’s top five cities for creating small business opportunities and opening doors for entrepreneurs according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which cites “Phoenix’s rebounding economy, favorable climate and entrepreneurial culture.”

“This ranking is a testament to the actions we’re taking to lift small and local businesses,” says Mayor Greg Stanton.

NFIB specifically recognized the City Council’s recent steps to improve efficiency and make it easier to do business with the city. Phoenix now offers online review of building plans and has co-located city and Maricopa County permitting services at City Hall.

“This puts Phoenix in a position to compete in the global economy, making us faster, smarter and better than our competitor cities,” says Councilman Sal DiCiccio.

NFIB State Director Farrell Quinlan said one of Phoenix’s advantages is that it is a relatively young big city. “The majority of people starting small businesses and prospering were born somewhere else,” Quinlan says. “That kind of ‘new blood’ and vitality means opportunities in Phoenix aren’t encumbered by an ‘old boys’ network.”

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