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Putnam County seeing an increase in small businesses starting up in the county

The Facial Center in Teays Valley is Putnam County's newest business.{ } (WCHS/WVAH).

The business climate in Putnam County is looking up. The Facial Center in Prestige Park officially opened for business after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce says that ribbon-cutting kicks off a series of 12 ribbon-cuttings over the next 30 days to open new businesses in the county

The Facial Center in Prestige Park in Teays Valley is Putnam County's newest business. It's an extension of Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgeons located next door. They take care of a variety of skin care needs for patients, like facials and botox, in a spa setting that they say makes the patient more comfortable.

"In this type of environment they may be more inclined to tell you more about what their objectives are as far as their needs for skin care, for facials or even their future concerns," said Alexandra Redecker of The Facial Center.

"This week we have three," said Putnam County Chamber of Commerce president Ashley Alford. The Facial Center is the first of those three business ribbon cuttings. "The first week of November you could potentially see 5 of them, and then the weeks following that you see the rest of them," said Alford

She says these are small businesses opening up in a variety of industries. Alford says population growth is one reason why businesses are setting up shop in Putnam County. "The price to do business here is a little bit cheaper than other areas. Rents are lower. taxes, things like that. It's more of a business-friendly environment," said Alford.

Jersey Mike's is one of three new restaurants opening up in Putnam County. Workers are still getting the business ready because opening day is in a couple weeks. "Putnam County is growing. It's a very diverse great area to be in. Little bit different than Charleston because it is so tight knit. You don't have the high rises, but you do have a lot of businesses out here and a lot of professional people as well as blue collar workers," said Mike Baldwin, owner of Jersey Mike's.

In November the Putnam County chamber hosts its annual Vision Summit, where business leaders discuss ways to improve the business climate in the county.

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