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Lubbock is located in the northwestern part of the state of Texas.  This area, historically, is known as the Llano Estacado, which means ‘Palisaded Plain’ in Spanish.  The Apache people lived there until the Comanches displaced them.  The first European to arrive in the region was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Coronado in 1541.  Lubbock County was founded in 1876, named for Thomas Saltus Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger and a brother of Francis R. Lubbock, who was governor of Texas during the Civil War.  ‘Lubbock’ derives from an early Middle Ages Slavonic word, ‘liubice’, which means ‘lovely’.  The US city of Lubbock was officially settled in 1890, and was incorporated on March 16th, 1909.

The modern day city of Lubbock, according to a 2014 US census bureau estimate, has a population of 243,839 people.  This makes it the 85th most populous city in the country and the 11th most populous city in Texas.  The Lubbock metropolitan area has an estimated population of 305,644 people.

According to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the city has often been nicknamed ‘Hub City’, due to it being “the economic, education, and health care hub of the multicounty region, north of the Permian Basin, and south of the Texas Panhandle, commonly called the South Plains.”  On top of this, Agronomy Journal and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center claim the Lubbock area to be the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world.

In 2009, CNNMoney.com ranked Lubbock as the 12th best place to start a small business in the United States.  The ten largest employers in the Lubbock County Area are Texas Tech University, Covenant Health System, Lubbock Independent School District, University Medical Center, United Supermarkets, City of Lubbock, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, AT&T, Convergys, and Lubbock County.

Lubbock is also home to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.  The National Baseball Hall of Fame formed in 2004 with the goal of “serving as the central point for the study of the history of college baseball in the United States.”  This Hall of Fame inducts five former collegiate players and five former coaches as well as two veteran players every year.

Texas Tech University, which was established on February 10th, 1923 as Texas Technological College, serves 35,134 students, according to a 2014 report by Texas Tech Today.  Texas Tech employs 2,554 academic staff, with a $1.195 billion endowment.  This public research university is considered the leading institution of the four-institution Texas Tech University System, and its enrollment is the sixth largest in the entire state of Texas.  Texas Tech offers 150 courses of study through 13 colleges and hosts 60 research centers and institutes.

Texas Tech is also well known for its athletic program, and its sports teams: the Red Raiders.  In fact, the Red Raiders 17 varsity teams, covering 11 distinct sports, have won a combined 62 conference and 4 national championships.  Other than the Texas Tech sports teams, Lubbock does not have a very large sports scene.  However, in 2007, the Western Little League made it to 3rd place in the Little League World Series.

Do you own a small business in the Lubbock area?  Are you by any chance considering it?  These resources may prove useful to you:

Apply for a Business License in Lubbock

Lubbock Business Association

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

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