HARRISONBURG, Va.-- A local business owner sees the positive effects of Virginia's friendly business environment.
Aaron Ludwig opened Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint four years ago in Harrisonburg.
"It was actually very easy to acquire all the business licenses that we need, ABC licenses.There is some paperwork involved but it's not hard to start a business here," said Ludwig.
Forbes magazine ranks Virginia as the best place to do business in the United States.
The study looked at states regulatory environments, educated workforces and business costs.
The magazine credits the Commonwealth's ranking to its business friendly policies.
Virginia Delegate Ben Cline (R- 24th district) said limited regulations encourage business.
"Virginia leaves it to the employer and to the employee to make those arrangements regarding pay and benefits and that's why we are so successful at creating jobs," said Cline.
According to Forbes, Virginia also offers strong incentives to businesses.
Ludwig said tax credits from the previous owner helped him renovate the building.
"They were able to keep the rent a little bit lower for us, help us out with a lot of the build out credits when we were getting our feet wet,"said Ludwig.
He is now looking to expand by opening a Jack Brown's restaurant in Richmond. He opened one earlier this year in Roanoke.
"We are looking to expand the brand of Jack Brown's just because of the growth we have seen here in our restaurant," said Ludwig.
According to Forbes, Virginia being a right-to-work state also helped with the high ranking. The Commonwealth ranked second for three years .
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