Best Places to Start a Business in Georgia

Georgia checks a lot of boxes for business owners. Low tax rates? Check. Ample technology…

Georgia (Jun 12, 2015)Georgia checks a lot of boxes for business owners.


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Low tax rates? Check. Ample technology infrastructure? Check. An abundance of well-educated workers? Check. Affordable cost of living? Check. Readily available support services? Check.

It’s no wonder the Peach State is consistently rated as one of the best states to start a business. . . .

Drew Tonsmeire

Area director, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, Kennesaw State University

What makes Georgia a good place to start a business?


It’s kind of like choosing the location of your business, it’s never just one thing. It’s always a combination of, ‘Is the rent right? Does it have enough parking spaces? Is it easy for customers to get in and out?’ It’s the same kind of thing for Georgia, it’s not one thing. The cost of living, in comparison to the rest of the nation, is below average. Also, the tax structure is favorable in Georgia. We have a relatively low sales, personal and business tax rate. Depending on the business, that tax structure can be very important. In particular, for delivery business with a fleet of service vehicles, fuel charges are a huge thing. Georgia has one the lower fuel costs [in the country] so you’re not overburdened with fuel surcharges.


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