Five great companies that started anywhere:
Wal-Mart ($137.6 billion sales): The Benton, Arkansas, consumer goods giant makes suppliers come to them.
Gateway ($2.3 billion sales): The PC maker with the cow on the box was born in Sioux City, South Dakota.
Wendy's ($1.9 billion sales): The Dublin, Ohio, hamburger chain shows there ain't no reason to go elsewhere.
LL Bean ($1.1 billion sales): Freeport, Maine, is home to this catalog clothing giant, which makes downeasterners mighty proud.
CNN ($201 million operating revenue): Started in Atlanta, far from the media capitals of New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; and Chicago.
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