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Best Cities for Budding Businesses
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Where you operate your franchise is just as important as what type of business you decide to launch. Some metro areas are much more hospitable to new and small businesses than others. According to the 10th Annual "Best Cities for Entrepreneurs" ranking from Dun & Bradstreet and Entrepreneur Magazine, the Minneapolis/St. Paul region topped the charts vaulting to No. 1 from 15th place on the 2002 list. While the Twin Cities may be "middle of the road" when it comes to new entrepreneurial activity (58 out 100 possible points), the area scored big when it came to employment growth (96 points) and economic stability (93 points) for its existing small businesses.

Washington DC, last year's top town, rang in at No. 2 this year.

Rounding out the top ten regions were Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah; West Palm Beach/Boca Raton, Florida; Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Virginia; Miami; Charlotte/Gastonia/Rock Hill, North Carolina and South Carolina and Orlando Florida.

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