FORTUNE Small Business Magazine and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recently listed the Queen City as No. 7 on their list of "best places to launch a small business." (Raleigh, by the way, is No. 3 on the top 50 list.)
Of course, we already know "Charlotte's Got a Lot" -- don't we? Who wouldn't want to work and live here? We've got great weather and we're close to both the mountains and the ocean. We've got big business in and around Uptown and a bright 'green' alternative energy future ahead.
FORTUNE did point out our lack of public transportation as a weakness, but that's no surprise either.
FSB Editor Jessica Bruder writes, "Historically, fast-growing small companies have led the U.S. economy out of recession. And according to our latest [FSB/Zogby International] poll, nearly half of all small business owners would consider moving if doing so would help their companies.... Location matters more than ever before. The Great Recession redrew the map of America."
Further reading: (Micro)business is booming: Small businesses gather to help each other grow (The Mecklenburg Times)
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