Thinking about starting something on your own? Santa Fe can be an inspiring place and has produced its fair share of interesting startups. Generally speaking, Santa Fe hasn’t been known as an easy place to start on your own—mostly due to expensive commercial space, restrictive or confusing regulations (particularly in the historic districts), and healthy competition by established companies.
Don’t let that dissuade you, though, as our City is actively trying to address those concerns with its Business Incubator program and support for MIX Santa Fe, a social collective of business owners. Likewise, our current mayor has made permitting and regulation streamlining a cornerstone of his tenure.
Lastly, Santa Fe exists beyond the iconic Plaza. Areas surrounding Siler Road have been developing with new tenants such as Second Street Brewery. Along the southside we have seen the rebirth of affordable and accessible dining and once barren Santa Fe Place mall is once again thriving. Keep your eyes open, there are niches everywhere.