Quantcast

Southeast Kansas the state's leader in small business success - KOAM TV 7

New survey says Southeast Kansas is the state's leader in small business success

Updated:

A new survey ranks Southeast Kansas as the top region in the state to open a small business.

According to a national small business survey conducted by ThumbTack.com, Kansas is the ninth easiest state in the country to start a small business.  The survey was conducted in partnership with an entrepreneurship organization to investigate the best places in the country to do business.

More than 6,000 businesses were surveyed nationwide and those in Southeast Kansas scored pretty high on the list.

Charlene Hunley of the Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce says they have always put a big focus on bringing in small business.

"Kansas is great to work with as far as small business, they make it easy as far as registering with the state, you don't have a lot of red tape," says Hunley.

The results ring true in Baxter Springs which has attracted seven new small businesses in the last seven months.

First time business owner Kaynee Weaver is getting ready to open her new photography studio.

"You had so much support through it, the paperwork was really easy," says Weaver.

Carolyn Knott has seen success with her newly opened jewelry store, Two Wolves Native Designs.

"It's because of the small town and the support that they get from the different families and people in small towns wanting to help businesses," says Knott.

Kansas also excelled in two other categories, networking programs and friendliness.

"That's probably one of the things that I think Baxter really got a strong suit on is friendliness," says Hunley.  "If you walk into any of the restaurants, it's not 'may we help you' - you strike up a family conservation with almost everybody that's here."

But the survey produced some not so great results as well.  Kansas ranked dead last in the Midwest for cost of hiring, mean small businesses are having a hard time hiring new employees.

"You don't have the pool to draw from that you would have if you were in Topeka, Kansas City, so you have to go outside of our area to bring people in and smaller businesses have problems being able to do that," says Hunley.

That problem, however, is overshadowed by an overall small business score to be proud of.

Oklahoma received an overall grade of an A+, while Arkansas and Kansas were each given an A-, and Missouri received a B-.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Parsons city officials discuss plans for Prairie West Pond

    Parsons city officials discuss plans for Prairie West Pond

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:32:01 GMT
    Residents of Parsons, Kansas use Prairie West Pond as a recreational area for fishing and picnics. But some say it is losing its appeal. More >>
    Residents of Parsons, Kansas use Prairie West Pond as a recreational area for fishing and picnics. But some say it is losing its appeal. More >>
  • Lawmakers push to keep MO Rehabilitation Center & VA Clinic open

    Lawmakers push to keep MO Rehabilitation Center & VA Clinic open

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:23:43 GMT
    Southwest Missouri lawmakers have met with officials in an attempt to delay or prevent the closing of the Missouri rehabilitation center and VA clinic. Citizens are hoping for a solution. "We're gonna be praying for our community." Members of the Lifebridge Assembly church hold a prayer walk around the Missouri Rehabilitation Center and VA clinic. They're concerned about the impact of centers closing and the loss of three hundred plus jobs. Pastor John McHaffie says, "It effects people in ...More >>
    Southwest Missouri lawmakers have met with officials in an attempt to delay or prevent the closing of the Missouri rehabilitation center and VA clinic. Citizens are hoping for a solution. "We're gonna be praying for our community." Members of the Lifebridge Assembly church hold a prayer walk around the Missouri Rehabilitation Center and VA clinic. They're concerned about the impact of centers closing and the loss of three hundred plus jobs. Pastor John McHaffie says, "It effects people in ...More >>
  • Neosho School District, Crowder College Partner on Autism Program in New Location

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:54:46 GMT
    Thanks to a program in Neosho, children with autism can now learn about independence, and develop valuable skills in a unique type of school.More >>
    Thanks to a program in Neosho, children with autism can now learn about independence, and develop valuable skills in a unique type of school.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.