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Posted on Mar 19, 2012

The Best States for Business


Should you really go west, young man (or woman)? Several news sources claim that they have found the best states for business development by constructing clever point value ranking systems. We analyzed them and figured out the top five states that are truly the best of the best to start a new business in.

  1. Virginia. Virginia is possibly the number one state on so many lists because it's right next to the nation's capitol. Virginia is also ranked highly because it has several pro-business laws. One drawback to consider is that the cost of living in several areas is high.
  2. Utah. Ding dong! Have you heard about the new city that is taking the world by storm? It’s Salt Lake City and it has a huge workforce ready to work for you, as long as you replace the coffee machine with a soda fountain. In a CNNMoney graphic, Salt Lake City emerged as one of the best cities to start a business in the entire world.  Utah's businesses-friendly laws for large and new businesses and its business tax laws were ranked in the top 10.
  3. Texas. It’s a big state with a lot of big deal cities. Namely, Austin which is bizjournal's #1 place to start a small business. Austin has seen 1.5% growth in the number of small businesses.  That is an amazing amount of growth considering no other city broke .6%. If you’re thinking of starting a business that has anything to do with music, definitely start there.  Texas is great for franchises with a tax spend  of .5 - 1% for businesses earning over 300k. Another interesting factor, CNBC ranked it #1 for infrastructure and transportation. So, go look around Texas and enjoy the smooth ride on the road to your new business.
  4.  North Carolina. This state isn’t just nice to small businesses, they have several institutes devoted to fostering new businesses. The Raleigh Business & Technology Center offers several services to small business owners from equipment to a 10 month program that provides essential courses on running a successful business. There are also a slew of tax breaks and incentives for starting businesses.  Raleigh and Charlotte both ranked in the top 10 places to start a business.  The regulatory environment is also good. How good? The state ranked #1 on Forbes list.
  5. ColoradoCNN included Colorado in a story last year about businesses in beautiful places all over the world. So, is Colorado paradise? Possibly. It’s home to the #1 city to live in the country and ranks withn the top 5 states on several lists as best to start a business in.  There’s a flat tax for business of 4.6%. If you're looking to start a completely new type of business it's perfect because it ranks second in innovation and has a large pool of talented workers you can poach for your new venture.

Sue Funke is a comedic writer with a background in e-commerce. She studied writing at Hofstra University and writes for several online publications. You can see her performances on YouTube or learn more about her online store at

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