It’s one thing to cite statistics about the strength of Texas and the Austin economy and job growth as I have frequently, including this post last week: Growth and employment in Austin.
It’s another thing to discuss specific examples. This week has provided several:
“Spiceworks Inc., a fast-growing company that sells network management software … has leased 29,000 square feet at the project at RM 2222 and Jester Boulevard, as it prepares to expand its Austin work force from 80 employees to 115 by the end of the year, said CEO Scott Abel.” — Spiceworks doubling office space as it adds jobs
“CKE Restaurants Inc., the owner of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains, is considering moving its headquarters from California to Texas …. Austin, among other large Texas cities, would be a possible site for a new headquarters …. CEO Andrew Puzder said the company is considering a move to Texas because the state encourages business growth, has no personal income tax and has less regulation than California does.” — Carl’s Jr. parent eyeing Texas as possible new headquarters
“Austin-based uShip Inc., which hosts online auctions for shipping services, has raised $2 million of a planned 4 million funding, according to a securities filing.” — Austin’s uShip raises $2 million; plans to continue expansion
And finally, a salute to some distinctly Austin brands:
“While the Austin market has fared better than the national average — the area’s restaurant growth was up 1 percent in 2010, according to NPD — it still doesn’t seem like an environment ripe for small businesses to expand. But a handful of Austin-based restaurant chains are bucking the national trend.” — Austin-based restaurant chains find opportunity in tough economy
I really don’t have to go out of my way to be a cheerleader for Austin. Not only is it a great place to live, but we must be doing something right business-wise. Examples abound.