Harrisonburg Considered One of the Top 50 Places for Small Business

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.--- Forbes magazine ranked Harrisonburg's metropolitan area as number 43 in the best places for business and careers list.

Forbes listed 200 metropolitan areas, ranking them by job growth, costs of business and living, income growth and educational attainment.

According to the magazine, in 2012 the job growth was 0.6 percent in this area, with food processing and education being its top industries.

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce president Frank Tamberrino said this area offers business stability.

"We don't have construction booms and economic booms, but we also don't have the valleys that you seen in the last couple years when the bottoms drops out," said Tamberrino.

He said this area has a friendly business environment. According to Tamberrino, the city offers low-interest loan programs for smaller businesses. In addition, the state can give companies tax incentives and workforce dollars.

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