The best climate for entrepreneurs: Part I

December 14, 2011

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council has released its 2011 “survival index,” ranking the policy environment for entrepreneurship in the 50 states.

As was the case in 2010, the Southeast captured 5 of the Top 10 spots in the ranking.

This year’s index has been expanded to include 44 different measures covering the broad areas of taxes, regulation, energy costs, health-insurance mandates, government spending and employment, state liability systems, education reforms, and property rights and protections. It is the most comprehensive ranking of the states in terms of policies affecting entrepreneurs and investors, and therefore the economy and job creation.

The SBE Council’s interactive map provides the state-by-state breakdown.

On a related note, our region also scored very well in Bloomberg’s rankings of the cities with the biggest growth in tech jobs.

 

UPDATE 12/31/11:  The best climate for entrepreneurs,  Part II and Part III

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