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20 Best Cities For Small Business

Our annual ranking of the nation's top entrepreneurial spots

This story appears in the October 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

We have to contradict Dr. Seuss. However, in the case of small business, we believe it's not just the places you'll go, but the place where you start, that adds spice to the journey. Therefore, it's become our annual mission to determine which cities in America best provide small businesses with springboards to success.

Tapping into many different resources, and drawing on the abilities of Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) to tie everything together, our fourth annual ranking reveals several surprises, as well as some of the usual suspects. For example, while some of this year's top cities (or, more accurately, Metropolitan Statistical Areas) are already well-established veterans of our list, others are first-timers. And, sadly enough, a few stars from years past seem to have fallen from the list.

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