- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - this city moved from fifth place in 2012 to its current number one rating. It may something to do with its low cost of living, low taxes, ease of starting a business, and a revitalized downtown.
- Miami, Florida - Miami has a very diverse and growing population, most of whom are strongly motivated to be entrepreneurs. It also helps greatly that the city encourages the entrepreneurial spirit with Miami Dade College's Minority & Small Business Enterprise Office that focuses on helping develop minority and women-owned small businesses.
- Omaha, Nebraska - Omaha has several pluses, including a low cost of living, institutional support for entrepreneurs, and the presence of big companies like Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra and Union Pacific Railroad that serve as mentors and often a source for breakaways who want to start off on their own.
- Raleigh, North Carolina - is home to many global companies who are mentors to small business. It is also home to three major universities that focus on advanced technology, medical care and clean technology.
- Nashville, Tennessee - Nashville is now known not only for its music but for the increasing number of start-ups. No sales tax, low-interest loans, and six major colleges that pump out new talent are all pluses for this southern city.
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