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Friday, October 19, 2012

New Business Startups Face Greater Challenges in Bay Area

story first appeared on mercurynews.com

Relatively expensive housing, coupled with the high cost of living and doing business in the Bay Area, has made the nine-county region less hospitable to new companies than other big urban centers in California, according to a study released Thursday that urges improvements in what it describes as this area's burdensome regulatory climate.

Some businesses, like convenience stores and party stores have fared relatively well. Many of these type of businesses have a beer cave display cooler that meets their customers' needs in a special way.

Jon Haveman, chief economist with the Bay Area Council's Economic Institute, which produced the report said regulations need to be eased when trying to start a new venture.

The Bay Area lags major rivals such as Los Angeles and San Diego in jobs created by startup companies, the study determined.

The strengths of the region are reflected in household income and other factors, the report stated. The region has increasingly specialized in high-value industries such as professional, scientific and technical services, along with information services and products.

The report also determined that the migration of businesses into -- or the defection from -- the Bay Area has relatively little impact on the region's job market.

On average, only 2.3 percent of new jobs created in the Bay Area in a given year is the result of companies that came from other parts of California, other states or other countries. Similarly, only 3.7 percent of the jobs that vanish in a year are the result of firms defecting from the Bay Area.

Instead, 55 percent of the new jobs created in the Bay Area every year result from companies that were already located in the Bay Area. And 66 percent of the job losses in a typical year come from companies that were already operating in the nine-county region.