New business owners in South Charleston say the feeling of community in the city make the booming town a great place to run a business.
The city has seen more than 200 businesses move in within the last four years, city officials said. About 10 businesses have moved in within the last six months.
Associated Systems Professionals opened on D Street in November after moving from a smaller location on Chesterfield Avenue in Kanawha City. The added space has given the information technology specialists room to grow.
"We were looking for a place that we could grow into," said Dan Tate, one of the business' four partners. "Including the four partners there's 14 of us in here but we're always looking for talented people so I really believe we're going to grow in numbers."
The company serves regional and local businesses and specializes in infrastructure and application development.
Tate and company partner Scott Duernberger work on the infrastructure side while partners Ken Connolly and Warren Patterson focus more on application development. Tate said Connolly and Patterson were working on medical databases for clients and a way to deliver medical information securely via the Internet.
The company also creates apps for the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace for their clients.
They started their business in 2004 in a small space on Chesterfield Avenue.
He said South Charleston appealed to the small business because of the tax incentives the city extends to businesses, the services and the good location.
South Charleston offers discounted business and occupation tax rates to businesses moving into the city. The first year a new business can expect a 75 percent break, the second year a 50 percent break and the third year the business will see a 25 percent break.
Tate said they enjoy a sense of community in South Charleston.