Entrepreneur Names 10 Startup-Friendly Cities for Business

Jul 29, 2009, 06:00 ET from Entrepreneur Magazine

IRVINE, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as the entrepreneurial spirit across the nation runs at fever pitch, Entrepreneur reveals 10 of the leading cities conducive to starting or growing a business. Each city is evaluated in detail in the magazine's August issue, demonstrating how it embodies core entrepreneur-friendly characteristics--whether because of a do-it-yourself ethic, government policies, a byproduct of rapid growth, or a contagious energy in the small-business community that seems to have no limits.

Entrepreneur's look at startup-friendly cities addresses issues such as government incentives, population growth, affordability of commercial rents, and openness to new ideas. With economic uncertainties leading more and more people to choose to work for themselves, these issues have come to the forefront of business owners' minds.

Says Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief at Entrepreneur, "While there are definitely economic challenges across the country, there are also stories in distinct cities where entrepreneurs have found key advantages for sustainability and growth. With our look at these cities, we hope to assist other entrepreneurs with a basis of research for helping to determine where to headquarter a new business, relocate or expand in order to facilitate success."

Cities covered in the August feature article, along with success stories from each, include:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Orlando, Florida
  • San Diego, California
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Youngstown, Ohio
  • Austin, Texas

To read the full article and learn more about each city, pick up a copy of the August 2009 issue of Entrepreneur on newsstands or visit www.entrepreneur.com/topcities2009/index.html. To watch a video on the entrepreneurial uprising in New Orleans, go to www.entrepreneur.com/neworleans.

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