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New Business Guide Published to Assist Business Owners Friendswood Fast Facts
  • 52% of residents have earned a Bachelor's degree or higher
  • 97.7% high school graduation rate
  • 61% of families have an income over $75,000
  • Average new home permit in 2011 was $328,000
  • Low property tax rate of .5902 and sales tax of 7.75%
  • One of the lowest crime rates in the Houston-Galveston region

The City recently published a New Business Guide that is designed to assist business owners through the process of starting a business in Friendswood.

The comprehensive guide provides information about economic development incentives, development regulations, zoning, permit applications, local taxes, and business resource contacts. The New Business Guide is given to business prospects through the Economic Development Office and at meetings with potential developers.

The guide is available in the City Manager?s Office, Community Development Department, City Secretary's Office, Friendswood Public Library, and at the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce. It is also available on the City's website at:

Live Here Work Here:
Featuring David Disiere and Jack Wisdom,
Friendswood Mediation and Conference Center
Business News
New Businesses:
  • Apply 4aHome.com
    161 W. Shadowbend #101
  • Visicor Inc.
    161 W. Shadowbend #102
  • Madre?s Mexican Restaurant
    108 E. Edgewood Dr.
  • Gimme a Bark
    101 E. Edgewood Dr.
  • Divinity Med Spa
    400 W. Parkwood #116
  • Wild Web Studios
    307 S. Friendswood Dr., C
  • Massage Heights Retreat
    303 W. Parkwood Ave.
  • Xcel Performance & Fitness
    133 W. Parkwood Ave.
  • Real Fitness, LLC
    2407 W. Parkwood Ave. #10
  • The Factory
    622 S. Friendswood Dr.
  • Oodles
    607 S. Friendswood Dr. #21
  • Muddy Pawz
    1542 Sunset Dr.
  • Friendswood Mediation and Conference Center
    205 E. Edgewood Dr.
  • Blue Paint Personal Training
    104 S. Friendswood Dr., C
  • T-Mobile
    210 E. Parkwood, Ste. C
Business Relocations/ Expansions/ Remodels:
  • State Farm Rene Langdon
    306 S. Friendswood Dr., Suite A
  • Created By Hand Pet Grooming
    1501 Sunmeadow Blvd.

David DisiereJack Wisdom

Friendswood residents David Disiere and Jack Wisdom recently opened their new 6,000 square foot mediation and conference center at 205 E. Edgewood. Built with a Texas Hill Country design, Friendswood Mediation and Conference Center includes a 900 square foot wooden deck in the back on a three-acre wooded lot next to Mary's Creek and offers up
to seven conference rooms for a half-day or full-day for a pre-set fee. The facility is an ideal place for small businesses to hold off site meetings, training, and business related events and can provide secretarial and support services for those using the facility. They can also host small, special events depending on the type and size.
David and Jack are both long-term residents of Friendswood and are also law partners with the downtown Houston law firm of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson and Wisdom. Jack Wisdom and his wife, Diana, moved to Friendswood in 1983 and are known for starting Friendswood Young Life group in 1985, which has since grown into one of the largest
in the nation. David Disiere likes to say that he "married into Friendswood," when he married long-time resident, Melissa Summers in 1986. They soon thereafter bought their first home in Friendswood and have lived here ever since.
David stated "until now, most folks in our area would have to travel into Houston for mediations. We've provided an alternative that's closer to home - live here, work here, and now... meet here in Friendswood." He added "the location, less traffic, reasonable tax rate, and ideal business environment presents many economic advantages. Friendswood is a great place to do business! And the folks at City Hall, Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Community and Economic Development Committee have been most helpful and a pleasure to deal with."
Residential Development
Residential Subdivisions Planned or Under Construction
  • West Ranch West Lake Section 3 - 52 lots
2011 Single-family home building permits
Month # Homes Valuation
(in millions)
January 11 $3.39
February 16 $5.28
March 25 $9.39
April 17 $5.06
May 17 $4.87
June 15 $3.78
July 14 $5.30
August 8 $3.23
September 13 $4.54
October 7 $2.63
November 10 $3.53
December 9 $2.30
Total 162 $53.30
2012 Single-family home building permits
Month # Homes Valuation
(in millions)
January 14 $5.00