Entrepreneurs Look To Rural Counties To Bring Business Ideas To Life

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FREWSBURG – A post-pandemic trend is starting to take hold in rural parts of Chautauqua County, with new businesses opening up as more people leave cities for country living.

Specifically, entrepreneurs are flocking to the Town of Carroll where over a half-a-dozen new businesses opened in the past six months. In addition to that, town officials report at least three more are slated to open later this year.  

“There is growth experience here as maybe not in other parts of the state, but we are experiencing prominent growth not just in the business community, but also in the residential community as well,” explained Carroll Town Supervisor Russell Payne.

Business trends are favoring “mom and pop” stores over chains, a reason why the Moller family decided to enter the sector, cutting the ribbon on a new storage facility in Frewsburg Tuesday. 

“Family is everything to us, so being able to offer this service to the community it means a lot to us,” said Garrett Moller, who will operate “Storage Linc” with his wife Brooke. 

This is the first new build storage lock-up in the rural community, with the family slated to finish construction sometime in mid-November. 

“Their entrepreneurial ideas and dreams have come to fruition, as with the Mollers here,” explained Payne. “And it says a lot about the town and the tenacity of the people that live here. Who reach out and create new businesses.”

The spirit of entrepreneurship is a proud feature of the community Payne serves. 

“People are going to adventure out, maybe spend that money to create a business of their own,” stated Payne. “And we expect even more new businesses that are on the horizon that have not been announced yet.”


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