OMAHA (KPTM)- Forbes ranks Nebraska as the sixth best state in the country for business and careers. Local entrepreneurs and customers said the state ranks so high because people support local business.
"Omahan's really support local business, especially if they know that they're from the Omaha area," said Red's Savoy owner Greg Tschida, "If you create a quality atmosphere and have a quality product, I think people are going to honor that and they're going to support local businesses."
Sarah Johnson, owner of Omaha Bicycle Co., finds the high score inspiring—considering she's only been in business almost a year.
"Really pleased to be able to report that we're still here, pretty darn successful, the lights are still on, we still have employees and bikes are going out and so is coffee," said Johnson.
Forbes said Omaha's steady economy and booming rate of new businesses helped the ranking. Omaha Bicycle Co. customers said supporting local business keeps money in the city.
"It's really come back to life with small business. It's really important to a community to be able to support their local businesses," said customer Kathy Howland.
Nebraska also ranks fourth in business costs and 16th in quality of living.