• Sandy Springs wins Yelp's first ever Bizzie Award celebrating the most customer-friendly small businesses and communities in America (Yelp Inc, 8/16)
• Atlanta/Sandy Springs is the #9 best city in US for recent college graduates (NerdWallet, 3/16)
• Three Georgia cities rank amongst the most educated places in the US: Atlanta/Sandy Springs (25), Cumming (41), and Marietta (42) (DegreeQuery.com, 2/16)
• Georgia ranks #1 (4th year running) in US for best state for business (Site Selection, 11/16)
• Georgia ranks #1 (3rd year running) in US for best state for businessArea Development, 9/16)
• Best Large Cities in Georgia to Start a Business: Atlanta (#24), Augusta (#64), Columbus (#67) (wallethub, 5/16)
• Georgia ranks #5 in US for greatest number of women-owned firms, Metro Atlanta ranks #5
• Georgia ranks #2 in growth in number of women-owned firms and #7 in growth in economic clout of women-owned firms (American Express OPEN, 5/16)
• Georgia ranks 4th in US for top states for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness (PWC, 7/16)
• Georgia Tech (#15) and University of Georgia (#17) rank in the top 25 public colleges in US (Forbes, 7/16)
• Georgia scores an "A" for small business friendliness (Thumbtack, 6/16/)
• Georgia ranks #11 in US as a top exporting state (Trade & Economic Analysis, 6/16)
• Georgia ranks #9 in US as the most entrepreneurial state with #1 biggest average of SBA loans and #5 highest growth in number of SBA loans (NerdWallet, 10/15)
• Georgia ranks #11 (up from #16) for best state for business for costs relating to labor, energy and taxes, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects & quality of life (Forbes, 10/15)
• Georgia ranks #1 for Distribution & Supply Chain Hubs, Labor Climate, Incentive Programs, Cooperative State Government and Most Favorable Regulatory Environment (Area Development, Q3 2015)
• Atlanta ranks 9th among the top 50 technology meccas in the US (CBRE, 7/16)
• Atlanta ranks #1 for most mobile-friendly city in US (NerdWallet, 7/16)
• Atlanta gets an "A" for small business friendliness in these categories: overall friendliness, ease in starting a business, regulations, health & safety, employment, labor & training, tax code, licensing, environmental, zoning (Thumbtack, 6/16)
• Atlanta ranked as fourth-best tech hub in US (InfoWorld, 6/16)
• Atlanta is the #9 best city in US for recent college graduates (NerdWallet, 3/16)
• Atlanta's women-owned businesses grew 3rd-fastest in US from 2007 to 2012 (Center for an Urban Future, 3/16)
• Atlanta ranks as #1 best city in US for web developers to move to (SpareFoot.com, 1/16)
• Atlanta ranks #7 in US as best city to launch a startup (DataFox, 1/16)
• Atlanta is #1 in US for engineering jobs
• Atlanta is #2 best city for millennials (Money.com, 10/15)
• Metro Atlanta rnaks #1 for number of black-owned businesses (NerdWallet, 8/15)
• Metro Atlanta ranks #2 for job growth; #4 for jobs added. Fastest-growing employment sectors: leisure & hospitality, construction, professional & business services (ARC, 8/15)
• Atlanta is #5 strongest market in US for tenant demand for office space (DTZ, 8/15)
• Metro Atlanta ranks #1 in US for minority-run firms; #2 in self-employed minorities; #2 as an entrepreneurial region (Minority Business Entrepreneur, May/June 2015)
• Atlanta is the Nerdiest City in the Country (Movoto, 5/15)
Advantages of the Area
- Metro Atlanta has a large IT, software and financial labor force and competitive wages compared to competitive markets. Due to Sandy Springs location at the intersection of Georgia 400 and Interstate 285, the potential labor pool can be accessed easily. In addition, approximately 60% of Sandy Springs residents have a bachelor’s degrees or higher, well above the average for metro Atlanta.
Top ranked programs supporting the tech industry:
• Georgia Tech College of Management
• Goizuetta Business School- Emory University
• Terry College of Business- University of Georgia
• The large number Fortune 500 firms, technology companies, the Medical District and Perimeter Center shopping creates a strong market for goods and services from small businesses. High incomes of residents in the area also increase likelihood of retail, restaurant, and other small business success.
• The City has and will continue to see significant public and private investment in the new City Center, Roswell Road Corridor, Perimeter Center, and elsewhere that can enhance and stimulate small business growth.
Facts about the Sandy Springs/Perimeter community:
• Sandy Springs is one of the most affluent communities in U.S., with nearly 20% of households with incomes above $200,000. The City’s median household income is $68,200 compared to US average of $49,600 in 2010.
• 1/4 of city’s annual budget invested in capital improvements, such as transportation and infrastructure upgrades, which is significantly higher than other metro communities.
• Sandy Springs has more Fortune 500 corporations per capita than any other city in the US: UPS, Newell Rubbermaid, First Data, Centene, Axiall and Veritiv
• Some of the major private multi-national companies headquartered in Sandy Springs include: Cox Communications, Intercontinental Commodity Exchange (ICE)/New York Stock Exchange, Mercedes Benz USA, Haverty’s Furniture, Amtrak, CBS, Builders Materials and Construction Services
• The Perimeter market is home to more Fortune 1000 companies than any city in Georgia;
• Sandy Springs is home to one of the largest medical communities in the southeast with 3 world class hospitals: Northside, Emory/St. Joseph’s and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
• The City of Sandy Springs is a trailblazer in government structure and function. Rather than hire hundreds of government employees, the City utilizes a Public-Private Partnership model, resulting in the state’s lowest per capita ratio of municipal employees to residents;
• Three MARTA rail stations within the City offer a direct route to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and most areas of metro Atlanta are accessible within a short drive;
• Major interstate connections with GA 400 and I-285.