1. StartupsIf you’re interested in starting up a brand new company, Lawrence is the place to do it. Inc. magazine nationally ranked Lawrence 28th on its list of “50 Best Small Metro Areas” in 2000 based on continued growth rates as well as local business start-ups in the previous decade. More recently, Lawrence was ranked 17th in the nation by Forbes magazine as one of the “Best Small Places for Business and Careers.” This is a good sign that the locally owned small business population in this community does very well for itself. Lawrence has a way of uniquely supporting the dynamic and robust small business culture.
2. GolfAfter a long day’s work, or even as part of a business meeting, many companies like to hit the links to blow off steam. If you own a business in this area, it’s good to know that Lawrence features two golf courses: Eagle Bend (18 holes) and the Jayhawk Club (27 holes). Eagle Bend actually hosted the 2000 American Junior Golf Association Championship.
3. Community Development ActivismThe Lawrence KS Chamber, in an effort to jumpstart the local economy, is embracing community development activism in collaboration with the City of Lawrence, Douglas County, the Economic Development Corporation of Lawrence and Douglas County (EDC), USD 497, the Bioscience and Technology Business Center (BTBC), and the KU Small Business Development Center. There are many projects they are working on, including:
- Lawrence VenturePark, an industrial site on K-10 Highway.
- Continued support of The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center to boost workforce development efforts.
- Expansion of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) to offer more lab space to bioscience and technology companies.
- Allocation of resources for start-ups and entrepreneurs, including the Metro E-Community gap fund loan program.
4. Mass StreetHome to one of the most vibrant downtown areas around, Lawrence is known for its shopping, dining and entertainment districts, some of the best in the Midwest in fact. Massachusetts Street – or “Mass” Street for short – is one of the prettiest main streets in America. If you’re in the retail, restaurant or bar business, this where you will want to focus your attention in terms of setting up shop. Mass Street snakes through the central business district of the downtown area, starting at the Kansas River at Sixth Street and running until it hits Haskell Indian Nations University. It was called the most popular tourist attraction in Kansas in 2014 by Trip Advisor.
5. Best Companies to Work ForAccording to Zippia, the top companies to work for in Lawrence KS in terms of salaries, company financial health, and employee diversity include:
- The University of Kansas
- Gene Fritzel Construction Co.
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital
- Laird Noller Automotive
- Douglas County Kansas
- Meritrust Credit Union
- Kansas Corp Commission
- Cobalt Iron
- Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center
- Water’s Edge
- KU Memorial Union
- Allen Press
- KU Bookstore
- University Daily Kansan
- The Merc Co Op
- Lawrence Presbyterian Manor
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
- KU Endowment