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‘Tis the season to celebrate local businesses!

As we come off of Small Business Saturday and finalize our holiday gift shopping, we advise you to cherish not only your favorite local shops and restaurants, but also your community that supports these small business champions.

Welcomemat Services has committed to celebrating local communities all season long by using the data-driven principles that power our services towards uncovering America’s Top 25 Best Neighborhoods for Small Business 2017.

And just as every great holiday reflection closes with a careful forecast for the new year, Welcomemat has also leveraged our industry foresight to reveal predictions for America’s Top 10 Growth Markets for 2018. These top ten markets scored high on the key small business support categories considered in the 2017 ranking and growth factors like economic and population development.

Welcomemat’s 14+ years of experience helping small businesses access powerful marketing solutions tells us that these neighborhoods are harvesting grounds for a marketing franchise like ours to thrive. And we are excited to pass on our knowledge of these top markets to you as you look towards the new year.

Read on to see which neighborhoods have been ranked as Welcomemat’s Top 10 Growth Markets for 2018!

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#10. West Asheville, NC

This funky, vibrant neighborhood is no longer Asheville’s best kept secret as it has evolved into a haven for new residents and local businesses. West Asheville residents rejoice that the increase in popularity has not caused the neighborhood to lose its originality with its eclectic mix of family-owned shops, artisans, live music venues and eateries. The area is home to Haywood Road where you will find dozens of the best local restaurants, old and new.

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#9. Vinings, GA

Located on the Chattahoochee River just ten miles from downtown Atlanta, Vinings hosts a perfect mix of natural attractions and elegant shopping and dining options. At the heart of this historic Vinings community is the Vinings Jubilee, which features a variety of restaurants, boutiques and specialty stores, all within walking distance to each other. Vinings’ charming culture and convenience to the city make it one of North Atlanta’s most sought-after neighborhoods to live in.

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#8. Fort Mill, SC

Known for its school districts and family-friendly atmosphere, Fort Mill is one of the fastest growing communities in the greater Charlotte area. Residents enjoy shopping local at the downtown historic district, dining at the many locally-owned restaurants and taking advantage of the abundance of recreational venues and green spaces. The influx of growth to this historic neighborhood has been so vast that town leaders are launching a new comprehensive plan, Imagine Fort Mill to address development factors through 2040.

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#7. Summerville, SC

Summerville, known as “Flower Town in the Pines”, is a desirable community located 25 miles outside Charleston. Summerville hosts many unique events, such as the annual Sweet Tea Festival, and an array of local shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and venues. Residents describe Summerville as a truly special place to live, work and play with its tasteful mix of small-town charm and modern opportunities. Along with its inviting culture, Summerville’s low cost of living has driven consistent population growth in recent years.

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#6. Broad Ripple Village, IN

Known for its vibrant night life and booming bar scene, this lively Indianapolis neighborhood also offers an abundance of local art galleries, eateries and authentic shops. The community’s energetic and eclectic center of local hot spots is surrounded by the winding White River and many recreation areas and trails, making it a prime location for outdoor enthusiasts.

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#5. Old Town (Ft. Collins), CO

Iconic Old Town Ft. Collins is so stunning that it served as an inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street USA. Not only is this well-preserved historic neighborhood a sight to see, it’s also a thriving hub for small business and local nightlife. At the center of town, Old Town Square hosts a plethora of local shops, including nature, tourist, retail, cooking and confectionary shops as well as countless outdoor dining options and craft breweries.

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#4. Franklin, TN

Located south of Nashville, Franklin is a lively community bursting with culture and opportunity. Franklin has a countless amount of attractions for residents and tourists alike, such as its Historic Main Street that the town boasts to be America’s Favorite Main Street. Residents celebrate the town’s unique Southern culture and dedication to local businesses with offerings such as a free trolley shuttle downtown during the holiday season to encourage shopping local.

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#3. Shaker Heights, OH

Community is everything for residents of Shaker Heights, OH. This established Cleveland neighborhood boasts beautiful homes and parklands, festive summer block parties and vibrant retail districts. Shaker Heights has both a rich history showcased in its many museums and an intelligent devotion to its future with its comprehensive economic development plan and innovative community offerings, such as the Shop Shaker app.

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#2. Point Breeze (Pittsburgh), PA

This quaint Pittsburgh neighborhood is characterized by tree-lined streets and awe-inspiring homes. Residents enjoy frequenting popular local markets and restaurants such as the Point Brugge Café and walking the various outdoor trails that the neighborhood hosts. Point Breeze is also home to Frick Park, the largest of Pittsburgh’s historical regional parks.

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#1 Bethesda, MD

One of the most educated communities in the United States, Bethesda is a thriving hub for local retailers, arts venues and trendy hot spots. Bethesda residents are never short of shopping and dining options. One can indulge in their choice of cuisine from all over the world at the town’s 150+ restaurants and peruse its many elegant boutiques, home décor stores and galleries.

The Welcomemat Difference:
Does your community share these growth characteristics to support a thriving marketing franchise like a Welcomemat?
Learn more about our B2B franchise opportunity and how it can help local businesses grow by gaining loyal clients and new residents acclimate by introducing them to quality businesses in YOUR community today!

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