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Vote: Top Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

| February 15, 2013 | 27 Comments

voteWhat city do you think is the best place for a young entrepreneur to start a business in the United States?

We have nominated 45 cities broken into three categories based on population. We will announce the top 10 winners from each category in three weeks after all the results have come in. Take a minute to vote!

Remember to think beyond just the business environment. Young entrepreneurs are looking for a balance of business and lifestyle. So the culture, activities, social scene and even climate matter when a young entrepreneur is trying to decide where to setup shop.

Don’t see your city? Add it into the comments below. We will be looking to see if we made any big omissions and will consider all suggestions. Please add any information that would make your city a great place to start a business in the comments like competitions, workspaces, incubators etc.

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  • Ashley T Caldwell

    Charleston, SC! Our city has an amazing entrepreneur community for tech, fashion and hospitality!

  • swiltshire

    What about the rest of the world?

  • Michelle

    You guys obviously forgot Los Angeles… Second largest city in the US; one of the most diverse cities allowing businesses of all sizes to embark on international trades as well, and plenty of networking opportunities. An add plus, 350 days is sunshine making operating a business manageable without the worry of disastrous weather.

  • Jared O’Toole

    Thanks for the suggestion. We often hear about LA but for the movie & music industries rather than a small business culture. Maybe we are wrong but that is why it ws left off the list.

  • Jared O’Toole

    Just focusing on the US here. International cities are for another list.

  • Dubem Ses Menakaya

    Ohh its just the US, because I was gonna say London, we have an awesome young entrepreneur eco system

  • Calvin

    Grand Rapids, MI …startups happening every day, and many successful ones! A perfect environment for a variety of small businesses.

  • Drew Martin

    Miami….quality of life, no state income tax. Access to many international markets. Definitely up and coming and worth a look for entrepreneurs

  • Jared O’Toole

    Sorry! Just the US for this list

  • eliz

    I am shocked to see Atlanta in the medium sized category. Metro Atlanta has a population of 4 million (for comparison, metro San Antonio has less than half of that). We are the capitol of the south!

  • Jason BigBee

    It’s Little Rock, AR not AK & Northwest Arkansas should be on this list as well for small area’s.

  • Sean Connolly

    I’m fairly sure Kansas City, Michigan doesn’t exist.

  • Brandy Anderson

    Denver all the way! We have tons of startup resources and the entrepreneurial community is wonderful. The Denver SBDC is awesome, and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock is incredibly supportive of the startup community as well!

  • Jared O’Toole

    Thanks! Fixed

  • Jared O’Toole

    We used the city population numbers not the metro-area. It was a debate and we are still seeing what the best way would be. We may change things based on responses.

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  • Matt Whiffen

    San Diego isn’t an option?

  • Ben

    Glad to see Chattanooga on this list, as well as Nashvillie :-)

  • Lindsay Chambers

    Can you please correct the spelling of “Nashville” in the “large cities” dropdown list? You have an extra “i” in there.

  • Jared O’Toole

    Fixed. Thanks!

  • Staciehew

    I’m guessing that’s the reason that Louisville is in the large city categories since it consolidated with the county.

  • Jared O’Toole

    According to the 2010 census the city of Louisville had a population of 600,000 which puts it in that category.

  • Sheila Fox

    Columbus, Ohio is growing much faster than both Cincinnati and Cleveland and has a thriving start-up scene with Tech Columbus, Ohio State University, etc.

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  • Tammy

    When will your results be available?

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  • BeyondtheDiploma

    Voting for Seattle, WA. Great market, great people and awesome place to do business and to relax!