SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - According to a new survey, Texas is one of the friendliest states for small business owners.
The survey, which was released by the Kauffman Foundation, questioned more than 12,000 businesses across the nation. Texas ranked third in the nation. The only states better were Idaho and Utah.
Texas Star Retail Store in San Augustine opened its doors for the first time Monday morning. Owners Johnny and Tammy Shofner said it took a lot of courage to start the business.
"It was very scary," Tammy Shofner said. "We just never knew what the response was going to be."
Before opening, the Shofner's said they did their research.
"We heard a lot of the people in the town come through looking for specific items, and they were not available," Shofner said. "We took that information and worked with it and chose to have a variety of merchandise."
Over the last year, the Main Street program in San Augustine has worked to bring in more start-up businesses. One of their main selling points is that Texas has no state income tax.
"It's the trickle-down effect," said City Manager Bruce Milstead. "More money in your community means more money to spend, which will benefit everyone involved."
Community leaders said more money means more development.
"It raises the sales tax collections, property values go up and of course it adds new jobs," said Main Street manager Tracy Cox.
The Shofner's store is in the JP Matthews building on the San Augustine square. The building has continuously had an occupant since 1916, and the building's current owners say seeing a new business is a good sight.
"The people can stop here and buy what they need, instead of having to drive to Lufkin or Nacogdoches," Burnice Blackstock said.
To see the full report from the Kauffman group, click here.