Small but Mighty: York’s business community rises together

KeystoneEdge.com

By Elise Vider on August 5, 2016

Small is big, at least when it comes to entrepreneurial energy and support York, Pennsylvania. With a population of only 43,000 in a compact five square miles, this small city has an entrepreneurial ecosystem that rivals many of its big-city counterparts.

In fact, York’s size, reasonable cost of living, affordable real estate and strong sense of community are assets that make it competitive when it comes to luring startups, small businesses and founders...

Aeman Bashir, who wears multiple hats at the York Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), the York County Economic Alliance and YorKitchen, a culinary business incubator, attributes the growth in entrepreneurism to the convergence of institutional and grassroots efforts...

The city is also smack dab in the middle of one of the richest agricultural regions in the country. Five years ago, in recognition of the growth potential of the culinary sector, the Alliance opened YorKitchen. According to Bashir, the incubator has spawned 57 startups and another 21 expansions....

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