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August 06, 2007

Strongest small business areas in US: Ah, Albany, lad, what's your secret?

Whether 250 years old or a start-up, most professional services firms in the U.S. and Europe--including most people's idea of a large law, accounting or consulting firm--are small businesses. According to BizJournals, the American markets with strongest growth of small businesses per 100,000 residents from 2000 to 2005 were the following. Note that "southern" American urban areas seem to do especially well. One exception: more wintery Albany, New York. WAC?, cursed and blessed with some damn strong Gaelic DNA, attributes this to Albany's large, colorful and hard-working American-Irish population:

Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. 9.3%
San Diego 8.2%
Jacksonville 7.2%
Orlando 6.4%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks, Calif. 5.3%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale 5.3%
Albany, N.Y. 5.2%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk 5.2%
Tampa-St. Petersburg 5.1%
Los Angeles 4.7%

Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzb├╝hel Desk) at August 6, 2007 11:25 PM

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