Make Roots in Robertson Co.
Small community supports new business and offers great quality of life.
When Adam Heffner decided to start his own metal fabrication business, he knew he needed to move somewhere affordable.
Heffner and his wife, Stefanie, had been living in central California, where the high cost of living made it nearly impossible to grow a business from scratch. They began scouring the country for a new community where their business and their young family could thrive.
When they zeroed in on the Nashville area, they were surprised to learn about Robertson County, a business-friendly region with a low cost of living and tons of character. It also seemed like the perfect place to raise their two little girls.
“It was this cool little gem,” Heffner said. “It was one of the last affordable pockets within 30 minutes of downtown Nashville.” Heffner and his family moved to Robertson County in April 2015.
Their company, Maker Table, has since grown to include 14 full-time employees who make metal signs, handrails, mailboxes, planters and other types of home decor. Maker Table ships products all over the world, taking advantage of Robertson County’s convenient location and affordable shipping rates.
It’s no surprise that Heffner has found such success in Robertson County, conveniently located 30 miles north of Nashville between Interstates 24 and 65, two major thoroughfares that offer quick access to the surrounding area.
“The small-town environment is nurturing and supportive, and we have worked hard with our city and county officials to become a business-friendly community that can cut the red tape and allow businesses to move quickly with their plans,” said Margot Fosnes, chief economic development officer for the Robertson County Economic Development Board.
Robertson County also offers affordable land, buildings and homes compared to nearby markets. With a median home price of $225,000, Robertson County is a great place for families, young professionals and older adults starting second careers to put down roots.
In addition, there’s a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem here to help new businesses get off the ground. Organizations like Small Town Startup, located in Springfield, offer classes and programs like “Business Formation Paperwork 101” and “Write a Business Plan” to help entrepreneurs succeed through all the stages of launching a business.
Business owners who need office space can thrive at Aspire, a coworking space in downtown Springfield with highspeed Wi-Fi, a conference/meeting room and tons of networking events.
Above all else, the quality of life in Robertson County is unmatched. Neighbors show up and support one another, whether it’s at a high school football game on a Friday night or shopping local.
“It’s not like small business Saturday, once a year,” Heffner says. “This is every day. Residents really put their money where their mouth is as far as supporting local.”
Learn more at Robertson County Economic Development Board.