Seneca was recently named as "The Best Place to Start a Business in South Carolina" by NerdWallet, a personal finance and consumer advocacy website.
“This is a great honor for not only the city of Seneca, but also for Oconee County as a whole,” Glenn Buddin, chairman of the Oconee Economic Alliance, said. "A lot of focus has been placed into supporting economic development in the last 36 months as seen with over $150 million in new industrial-related economic development projects, but just as important has been the emphasis placed on helping all business types achieve success within our community."
The honor is based on criteria analyzing local economic health and overall business climate. The analysis specifically evaluated costs associated with business operations, as well as the unemployment rate, median annual incomes and average revenue of businesses.
“This reaffirms why we call Oconee County the 'geography of opportunity' and the reason why the golden corner of South Carolina is shining bright lately," Richard K. Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance, said. “Credit for this recognition belongs to our elected leaders all across our county in making the business climate ripe for growth, to the partnerships formed with our local Chambers of Commerce and the support from the Tri-County Entrepreneurial Development Corporation in making this area the best place to start a business in South Carolina.”