Family-run business launches new stores in Austin

Running their own business is a dream for many Americans, and homebuyers who check out some of the homes for sale in Austin may have the chance to reach new career goals. Arlan's Market, a family-owned chain of grocery stores, exemplifies what it takes for a small business owner to realize his or her dreams.

The Bay Area Citizen reports that Arlan's Market recently added three new stores in Austin. These shops provide a wide range of goods, including fresh produce, breads and pastries, and could substantially impact Austin residents.

The role of small businesses in Austin
Many small business operators enjoy Austin because the city provides numerous opportunities for growth. The city is home to big and small organizations that help boost the local economy.

For example, a new Arlan's Market store constructed near the Austin airport will offer 24,000 items to customers. Additionally, the operator of this store will provide lower prices on 22,000 products to fit the needs of the neighborhood and deliver an affordable, comfortable experience for shoppers.

Ames Arlan, the grocery store chain's president, said that his stores emphasize customer service to attract repeat visitors.

"We're just trying to carve ourselves a little niche, inch back into these old neighborhood markets and do a nice little business," Arlan told the news source.

Austin businesses carve niche for themselves
Several Austin companies are offering innovative services to clients that have helped these businesses stand out from their competitors. Many of these companies have significantly affected the nation, and will continue to impact Austin going forward.

Thirteen23, an Austin-based digital design studio, recently created a mobile app used by coordinators for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the mobile app provided campaign officials a quick, easy-to-use platform to reach supporters and volunteers.

However, launching the app was no easy task, and company staff members worked feverishly between May and July to get it off the ground.

"We said, if we are going to build an app, let's make tools that make people effective. Let's give volunteers tools that they can use," Ryan Hovenweep, the firm's creative director, told the news source.

The app was provided to campaign members in July and offered location-based software they could use to learn about voters in specific areas. Campaign representatives could designate people they interviewed in these regions using a ranking system that featured seven categories ranging from "Strong Obama" to "Strong Republican." They also used the app to share information about local events.