New Bern ranked as one of the “Best small cities to start business”


Wallet Hub compared more than 1,200 small cities across the nation and New Bern ranked #83 on that list.

Business owners are excited about the news and are welcoming more businesses to the area.

New Bern isn’t letting a natural disaster slow it down.

Deba Schaefer is the new owner of the accidental artist in New Bern.

“I was really struck with how friendly everyone is here,” said Schaefer. 

And once hearing the cites ranking Schaefer said she understands why.

“Everyone is still trying to network, help each other out,” said Schaefer. The Downtown Association has really been tight-knit and helped us with everything and the costumers are being supportive and say they are even coming here because of Florence”

New Bern was compared to more than 1,200 other small cities across the country. 

Kevin Roberts, the President of the New Bern area Chamber of Commerce, said it feels good to be recognized after all the city has been through. 

“When we were walking around back in September amid all the ruin we were looking at we knew that we would build it back we said then we would get this right and for our little market to get recognized after all that it is nice,” said Roberts.

In spite of Hurricane Florence, the city stands strong for its people and businesses 

Schaefer shares some advice and said if you are interested in starting your own business in New Bern, join the Downtown Merchants Association, the Chamber of Commerce and connect with the other business owners in the area.

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