Patchogue voted best town for small business
LendEDU has voted Patchogue Village among the top 100 towns in New York for small businesses.
The small business blog recently released a study ranking the best places in New York to start a small business, and Patchogue was listed No. 75 out of only three places selected in Suffolk County, just below Islip at 65 and Deer Park at 45.
According to the website, using licensed data, each city and town in New York was judged on a few parameters deemed important for starting a small business, such as the cost of general expenses, disposable income available to residents, and population during standard business hours. The full report and methodology can be found here: LendEDU site.
According to Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy, this is the first year Patchogue landed a spot on the list and never even had to apply. “It’s an honor that they did their research and found us,” he said. “We are just proud and it is certainly another sign of how far Patchogue has come.” Mayor Paul Pontieri said, “It’s nice to be recognized for who we are as a community.”
Recently, he said, Patchogue has also seen an uptick in the number of ribbon cuttings, with at least a dozen in 2017 so far, making the vacancy rate at an all-time low.
Business Improvement District executive director Dennis Smith said storefronts in the Village of Patchogue are at least 90 percent full. Though vacancy is ever-changing, spots fill and then open up, he said, referencing the new opening at the old dollar store on Main Street, and then the corner of West Main Street and Railroad Avenue that will be welcoming four new businesses this week, including Local Burger, Buttermilk’s and the Patchogue Beer Project.
“So yeah, is Patchogue a place for small businesses? Absolutely,” Smith said, proud of the progress and honor. “We are proud to receive this designation,” added Kennedy.
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