Reasons to set up shop: Chattanooga

It’s quick and easy
It can take as little as 30 minutes and costs $30 (€22) to get a basic licence to run a business here; entrepreneurs simply have to visit two downtown offices a few blocks apart.

City Hall wants you
Technology whizzes can receive $11,250 (€8,300) of incentives if they move to the area. Once they are up and running, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center provides free consultations and the Chamber of Commerce offers competitively priced office and manufacturing space.

You can make your presence felt
Chattanooga’s population of nearly 170,000 is small enough for incoming businesses to make an impact. “We can nudge everything towards excellence,” says Jack Studer of venture firm Lamp Post Group.

Nature calls
The city boasts 10,000 acres of parkland and 30 miles of trails and greenways. Bike on Lookout Mountain, hike through Civil War battlefields or paddle down the Tennessee River.

Artistic licence
There are over 100 permanent artworks around the city to inspire you.

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