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Slicker Cities

When not just any metropolitan area will do, seek out one of these best cities for entrepreneurship.

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This story appears in the October 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When Dun & Bradstreet vice president of Analytical Services Jan Rowland ran the numbers for Entrepreneur and Dun & Bradstreet's 8th annual ranking of the best cities in the nation for entrepreneurship, one thing stuck out: Metropolitan areas in the South--from Texas to Florida and up through North Carolina--dominated the top 10. But it's the way that the South achieved its lofty position that she found intriguing.

"There are a significant number of new businesses [in the South] each year," she says. It's a trend that makes the area attractive to entrepreneurs. Having other young companies nearby represents an opportunity to grow business-to-business relationships, she notes, as they aren't yet locked into long-term supplier contracts. It's also a characteristic shared by at least one major northwestern city: Seattle.

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