By Chris Bosak
The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) According to a recent survey by the personal finance website wallethub.com, Danbury ranked as the best small city in Connecticut to start a business. The survey ranked nearly 1,300 cities in the country based on business environment, access to resources and business costs. Danbury did not fare well in the national rankings, placing 339th, but it was the top small city in Connecticut.
Pat Kovac and Mark Henques always wanted Federal Road in Danbury.
They entertained other towns and cities, but as Hat City natives, they wanted to start their business in their hometown. Their wish came true when an ideal spot to open their Robeks franchise became available on the busy road.
In the process of opening, they found that there were other good reasons to start a business in Danbury. Working with the city, they found, was not the regulation and approval headache that can occur in some other cities. They also said their cost analysis showed that taxes and rents were lower than in the other cities and town they had considered.
“We worked with a contractor who does a lot of business in Danbury and he said the city is great to work with … very pro-business,” said Kovac, who opened his store with Henques in July 2015. “Danbury worked around us and we opened the day we asked for.”
Hotel Zero opened last month on the city’s west side. Randy Salvatore, CEO of RMS Companies, said the dealings with the various city departments led to quick construction.
“We were treated objectively and friendly,” he said. “We like to do business in places like that and we look forward to future developments.”
Salvatore, Kovac and Henques are not alone in choosing Danbury as a place to start their business. According to a recent survey by the personal finance website wallethub.com, Danbury ranked as the best small city in the state to start a business.