Small Business Champions in the Top Neighborhoods Across America

These small business champions know how to use great local marketing in their top growing neighborhoods to keep loyal customers!

For the second year in a row Welcomemat Services, a data driven marketing provider for the local business community, has ranked the top 25 neighborhoods of America for small business support. In October the full list was released and it’s been exciting to see the overflow of community pride and support that has continued to flow out of these communities and validate their spot on the list. Below are some highlights from the local news sources that wanted to further tell their neighborhood success story.

#3 Carlsbad Village, CA

Naila Sfeir, owner of the North County San Diego Welcomemat franchise, focuses on getting new movers into the store fronts of the small businesses in the area. Angie Laux, owner of Salty Dog Boutique and Groomery said the appeal of the Village is “its walkability and small-town vibe, along with the ability to set up with the Carlsbad Village Association and Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.”  Read the full article here.

# 9 Clintonville, OH

Welcomemat Services of Northwest Columbus, OH owner, Lee Wagner, helps small businesses within the area be the first businesses to welcome new residents to the neighborhood. Clintonville has become a popular residential area because, as Mary Rodgers, owner of the candy store Moxie said, “It’s nice to be near downtown but not in downtown.” Additionally, the neighborhood has a vibrant historic area full of local stores, cafes, and restaurants that the locals continually support. Meghan Colleli, one owner of Villa Nova Ristorante, says that the community of Clintonville “really has a drive for supporting small business.” Read the full article here.

#20 Greer, SC

Welcomemat Services of Greenville franchisee, John Farrall, works with local businesses to show the value of new movers in the area and provide these small businesses with Welcomemats extensive data capabilities. Farrall shone a spotlight on the thriving local Greer shop, Two Chefs Café & Market where owner, Bill Balfizer, described Greer as “a small-town ambience” that is “small business friendly.” Balfizer also highlighted the Greer community’s strong support of local businesses and Farrell pointed out how “small business friendly” the Chamber is as well.

#21 Hixson, TN

Dick Phillips, Welcomemat franchise owner in Chattanooga, TN, helps his local community businesses bring in new, loyal customers each month with the Welcomemat Program. Phillips says that “Hixson is so great because there’s so many great neighborhoods with families. It’s really thriving.” He also noted that 200+ new families move to the greater area each month. John Cummingham, owner of the Hixson’s local, Biba’s Italian Restaurant vouched for the success he’s had with Welcomemat’s new mover marketing program saying that “with the quality of our food and service, they come back. We have quite a bit of [the gift certificates] redeemed all the time”

#23 Mountain Brook, AL

Angela Studdard, Welcomemat Services of Birmingham owner, says that Mountain Brook’s success is because the neighborhood is “very family-centered and community-centered. The community has these great traditions and they take pride in it.” City Manager, Sam Gaston points out: “Our City Council, mayor and staff are pro-business and work closely with our Chamber of Commerce to promote our business community.” Local successful businesses such as The Pantry, thrive in this community because, as Studdard says, “they know people in the community, they often live in the community, so they know exactly what their customer wants.” Read the full article here.


As the country prepares for the upcoming #SmallBusinessSaturday and the holiday shopping season, we hope these stories will encourage you and your community to shop local. Look for future posts highlighting more community stories from the top 25 best neighborhoods for small business support.