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Old 04-14-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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How would you rank the northeast MSA's for small businesses in 2011? A small business is any business with less than 100 employees in the private sector.

Take this criteria into account to rank the Northeast cities for small business:

-five year employment growth
-one year employment growth
-number of small businesses per 1,000 residents in MSA
-one year change in the number of small businesses per 1,000 residents in MSA
-one year growth in the number of small businesses per MSA
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: NY/FL
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Well DC's growing the fastest its MSA grew slightly more than NYC and Boston MSA's combined always impressive IMO but with help from government funded initiatives. Employment increases are generally in favor of DC with large population growth and healthy unemployment rate compared to other NEC's

DC
NYC
Boston/Philly
Baltimore
Pittsburgh
Rochester/Buffalo/Syracuse
Providence
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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Could we not make this thread about DC. There are about 20 metro's in the northeast that you can rank. Stop singling out DC. Just rank the corridor and say why you placed cities where you did. There isn't one single city named in the question for people to single out a particular city..
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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Not sure about this, but I would guess that Philadelphia has the lowest taxes of any NE Corridor city, since it is positioned within the only swing state in the northeast. If I'm starting a small business, the PA suburbs look attractive to me.

So,

1. Philadelphia
2. DC
3. Baltimore
4. Boston
5. New York City

I love NYC but the operating costs there must be through the roof.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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Pittsburgh might pretty high.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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PA isn't business friendly.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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PA isn't business friendly.
I'd say it's more business friendly than many of the other northeastern states. Rendell offered a lot of incentives for businesses to move over from NY/NJ. Lots of them have taken the bait.

Keystone Opportunity Zones | newPA.com

New Hampshire is another one, although I'm not sure if this thread is about the Northeast in general or just the "Northeast Corridor" area.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:38 PM
 
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Pittsburgh might pretty high.
This is a ranking of the whole country for small businesses recently released. It pulled out the northeast MSA's which includes Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is actually one of the best places to do business in the northeast. It seems like a great place to open up a small business and has weathered the recession well. I was on a blog that had some great pictures of Pittsburgh recently. I have never been there but I need to make a trip.


National Rank

(NR).......(NR)......(NR)
2011......2010.......2009........MSA.............. Small-business vitality score......# of Small businesses (2008)

9.............19..........16.......Washington..... ..............25.471.............................. ..137,564
10...........27...........35.......New York.....................22.464................... .............526,063
11...........5............10........Portland, Maine.............22.339.......................... ......17,428
13...........33..........36........Boston......... ................21.740............................ ....121,184
17...........29..........13........Brid/Stam Conn............18.284............................ .....27,432
23...........71..........66........Pittsburgh..... ...............13.806............................. ....58,639
24...........43..........61........Albany......... ...............12.924............................. ....20,608
25...........61..........75........Syracuse, N.Y...............12.833.......................... ......15,180
29...........80..........84.........Buffalo....... ................12.235............................ .....26,402
31...........37..........41........Baltimore...... ................9.482............................. ....65,642
37...........65..........52........Harrisburg, Pa...............6.928............................ .....13,204
39...........20..........56........Poughkeepsie, N.Y..........6.407................................ .16,708
40...........56..........42........Hartford....... .................6.254............................ .....29,445
43...........64..........68........Allen/Beth, Pa................5.707........................... ......18,407
48...........70..........63........Philadelphia... ................4.504............................. ....144,593
52...........58..........96........Rochester, N.Y...............2.930........................... ......23,063
55...........44..........72........New Haven, Conn...........2.326.............................. ...19,927
63...........74..........73........Scran/Wilk/Bar Pa.........-2.779.................................13,235
82...........77..........89........Providence..... ..............-19.284................................41,905
92...........42..........93........Worcester, Mass...........-32.211................................17,767
97...........88..........94........Springfield, Mass..........-43.002................................14,986


Washington leads in small-business vitality in the East | The Business Journals
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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This is a ranking of the whole country for small businesses recently released. It pulled out the northeast MSA's which includes Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is actually one of the best places to do business in the northeast. It seems like a great place to open up a small business and has weathered the recession well. I was on a blog that had some great pictures of Pittsburgh recently. I have never been there but I need to make a trip.


National Rank

(NR).......(NR)......(NR)
2011......2010.......2009........MSA.............. Small-business vitality score......# of Small businesses (2008)

9.............19..........16.......Washington..... ..............25.471.............................. ..137,564
10...........27...........35.......New York.....................22.464................... .............526,063
11...........5............10........Portland, Maine.............22.339.......................... ......17,428
13...........33..........36........Boston......... ................21.740............................ ....121,184
17...........29..........13........Brid/Stam Conn............18.284............................ .....27,432
23...........71..........66........Pittsburgh..... ...............13.806............................. ....58,639
24...........43..........61........Albany......... ...............12.924............................. ....20,608
25...........61..........75........Syracuse, N.Y...............12.833.......................... ......15,180
29...........80..........84.........Buffalo....... ................12.235............................ .....26,402
31...........37..........41........Baltimore...... ................9.482............................. ....65,642
37...........65..........52........Harrisburg, Pa...............6.928............................ .....13,204
39...........20..........56........Poughkeepsie, N.Y..........6.407................................ .16,708
40...........56..........42........Hartford....... .................6.254............................ .....29,445
43...........64..........68........Allen/Beth, Pa................5.707........................... ......18,407
48...........70..........63........Philadelphia... ................4.504............................. ....144,593
52...........58..........96........Rochester, N.Y...............2.930........................... ......23,063
55...........44..........72........New Haven, Conn...........2.326.............................. ...19,927
63...........74..........73........Scran/Wilk/Bar Pa.........-2.779.................................13,235
82...........77..........89........Providence..... ..............-19.284................................41,905
92...........42..........93........Worcester, Mass...........-32.211................................17,767
97...........88..........94........Springfield, Mass..........-43.002................................14,986


Washington leads in small-business vitality in the East | The Business Journals
More points for the hometown
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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MDallstar, finally!

I was at the edge of my seat waiting for you to finally pull out the information that shows DC is! We all know whenever you start a thread with "what city has ______", you've stumbled upon something favorable to DC and are looking for a way to quietly show us and boost.
Nope, not this time. I was just looking at the current level of business post recession. NYC, DC, and Boston are virtually tied. Baltimore is not far behind. Portland Maine is actually the best place to start a small business it seems with a number 5 ranking last year.
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