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The 25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs -- and How You Can Make the Most of Yours These cities make growth happen. Did your city make the list?

By Entrepreneur Staff

This story appears in the April 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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View from Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

If you have an online business and zero employees and are happy to travel 24-7, then your physical address doesn't matter much. Everyone else? "No question, the resources available to CEOs depend on where they locate their company," says Peter Cohan, an investor and author of Disciplined Growth Strategies. "Beyond a great product, strong marketing and sufficient capital, startups thrive or fizzle depending on their environment and the people in them."

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That's why we asked to assemble a list of the best cities for entrepreneurs. But even if your city isn't named and you're not looking to move, it should serve as an important reminder: Businesses prosper when locals band together. Where you are is intricately linked to who you know, and you can always find new value in your community. We heard that repeatedly from people in the cities on our list -- that their lives improved when they joined Meetup groups for founders, referred customers to neighboring businesses, traded the home couch for a coworking space and more. "Join professional organizations, get involved in your chamber of commerce, find local small-business groups and attend community events," advises Lisa Gundry, Ph.D., a professor of management and entrepreneurship at DePaul University. Those relationships will make or break a business.

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