What should you look at to determine if Chandler is a good place to start a new business? You need good community support and quality of life. Take a look at the benefits below that affect an entrepreneur and see how this incredible area can fulfill your needs to call it your new home.
Finding a Home
When looking for homes to purchase, a quick market trend search will give you an idea of the median list price of houses in the area. Work with local real estate agents like the Darwin Wall Team who know the neighborhoods to easily find what your family needs. An agent can also guide you in how to obtain down payment assistance, including a mortgage credit certificate or VA loan as well as working with the Energy Efficient Mortgage Program and Homeownership Voucher Program.
Community support from your local leaders, advisors, other business owners, and customers is key to growth and success. This support can inspire you and provide motivation in more difficult times. Check out these organizations that serve entrepreneurs:
● Chandler Chamber of Commerce
● Maricopa Small Business Development Center
● City of Chandler Economic Development Department
Consider this list of resources to get your company started. Also, check out the Chandler Small Business resource page. When registering your business, consider forming a corporation. The benefit of a corporation is the ease of transferring shares in comparison to transferring LLC membership interests. As well, investors may prefer the well-established structure of a corporation. Each state has different regulations, so research Arizona's rules before you open an LLC in Arizona.
After getting your business legally registered, you’ll want to create some branding materials. While it’s tempting to hire a graphic designer, to start out you can use a free online logo maker and download logo ideas. There are dozens of templates and color schemes available to adjust until you find something that works for you. You can also browse examples to kickstart your creativity.
Local colleges give you a powerful workforce and provide a pool of talent. Below are just some of the colleges and universities in the area from which to find employees:
● Arizona State University
● University of Arizona
● Grand Canyon University
● Northern Arizona University
There are also plenty of community colleges to choose from as well. Mesa Community College, Chandler Gilbert Community College, Central Community College, and others are also great options for anyone wanting to continue their education or gain a certificate in a trade skill. Most of the community colleges also offer transfer programs to the universities listed above. The benefits of attending a community college are a lower cost in tuition, anyone can apply and start during the fall or spring semesters, and so much more. Make sure to check out the different community colleges to see what they offer and how to get started with the process.
If you have school-aged children, the community's schools are high on the list for checking out when considering a move. Below are just a few of the top-rated schools in the area:
● Arizona College Prep Erie Campus
● Legacy Traditional School
● Great Hearts Academies
● Knox Gifted Academy
Quality of Life
Quality of life in a location is important to you and your family. Events, food, and culture all have an impact on the city's happiness and its availability of workers. Venues to enjoy include:
● Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery
● KOLI Equestrian Center
● Veterans Oasis Park
● Arizona Railway Museum
● Chandler Museum
Along with numerous restaurants to explore, there are miles of hiking, biking, and nature trail opportunities to enjoy with your family and friends. Chandler is a city that’s very community driven and there are plenty of local events throughout the year. One of the well-known events is the Chandler Ostrich Festival. This annual event takes place at Tumbleweed Park and has ostrich themed activities, live performances, a carnival midway and much more. Another great local event in Chandler is the annual Save Second Base pub crawl, hosted by the Darwin Wall Real Estate team. Every October, the Darwin Wall team takes over the downtown Chandler area to help fundraiser for breast cancer. With the help of local restaurants and bars in the downtown area, pub crawl goers get a chance to have some fun while supporting a great local cause. Each year, the team chooses a different recipient to help cover the costs of recovering from breast cancer. The team always surpasses their goal for attendees and money raised for something that is meaningful to everyone on the team.
Finding a great city to provide a home for your organization and your family takes research, time, and a lot of consideration. Using the above guide will allow you to assess your needs to make the right decision of calling Chandler your home.