Businesses thrive in Lubbock economy

Businesses thrive in Lubbock economy

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According to the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, last year there were nearly 400 new jobs in town.

The city continues to welcome franchises and locally owned small businesses to the area, which is why Sisters Herbs decided to expand their Ruidoso business to Lubbock.

"I feel like it's a big enough, but small enough town and they're friendly," Kathy Cascio, one owner, said.

When she and Michelle Madry expanded the New Mexico business, they found Lubbock to be the perfect place.

"I feel like the local support, the mom and pops, the brick and mortars I feel like it's been so difficult for so many companies with the online and I feel like people want that extra service," Madry said.

CEO of LEDA, John Osborne, said it wasn't a surprise when Texas took the top spot in the country for business.

"Local businesses have grown as a result of people that are innovative here, as a result of being tenacious and because they have the right skill sets to help companies thrive," Osborne said.

According to Osborne, when a business grows, it's products are sold to outside areas which brings in new money and grows the Lubbock economy.

"The fact that we have such good and solid local businesses along with new businesses coming in and establishing their operations here that we're able to have that thriving economy," Osborne added.

The most successful businesses are cooperative and Sisters Herbs incorporates other small shops in their own store to promote local shops.

"We have a local section over there that we have in our store that if you want to support local you can come in and put your cards," Madry said. "We talk about if someone needs a painter, we say 'Oh we've got one over here,' so we just kind of help support each other."

Last year, Texas added nearly 350,000 jobs and more than 1.5 million in the last decade.

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