More Tennesseans are applying to start their own businesses.

At the end of last year, the state saw a more than 10 percent increase in new business filings.

Chattanooga has also seen more startups, and officials say this is good news for the area.

During the months of October, November and December alone the state had almost 10,000 new filings.

Officials with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce say the city has also seen an increase because of what the town has to offer.

Corey and Emily Critser met during film school, and they started off their career by doing freelance work in Los Angeles.

However, they dreamed of one day owning a photography studio.

“What we shoot is for big advertising brands and small, local marketing companies, really anybody who needs to promote,” Corey Critser said.

Three years ago, this couple took a 100 day trip around the country to find a new place to live.

One glimpse of Chattanooga through their lens is all it took for them to know this would be their new home.

“We looked at a bunch of cities that we could possibly move to,” Emily Critser said. “We toured Chicago, Asheville, Raleigh, Portland, DC."

Even though Corey’s home town was not on the list, they fell in love with what Chattanooga has to offer.

“The quality of life in general, the amount of work that's available here, the people want you to succeed, and that was a huge factor,” Corey Critser added.

The Critser’s knew they wanted to expand their business.

They took a risk, and it was easier than they expected.

“It took half a day, I think, to get all of our business licenses. They could not have been easier, and I was really happy about that,” Corey Critser said.

Last year, almost 43,000 new businesses filings were processed with the state.