10 Best Cities for Small Business

By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2009 10:59 AM CST
Austin is No. 4 on Portfolio's list of best cities for small business.   (©MeRyan)
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(Newser) – Despite tough economic times, an analysis of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas offers hope for those looking to launch a small business. Portfolio and BizJournals list the cities that are most conducive:

  1. Raleigh, NC: The only market to rank among the top 10 in many key categories—growth, population, employment—and offer almost 30,000 small businesses for a million residents.
  2. Charlotte, NC: A key banking hub, the city has some big problems, but its small business sector appears “remarkably resilient."

  1. Seattle: A strong concentration of small businesses is “a nice cushion against tough times.”
  2. Austin: Texas has taken less of a beating during this recession. Witness Austin’s creation of 10,000 jobs last year.
  3. Boise, Idaho: Despite being the second-smallest market in the top 10, “Boise boasts the nation’s best growth rate for small businesses,” 4½  times faster than the national average.
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