Irvine Named Best Small City for Startups

irvine-seal-2Businessweek named Irvine as the best small city in California to start a business.

In a report entitled “Best Small Cities for Startups“, Irvine joined Auburn, Santa Fe, Cary and Cambridge representing Alabama, New Mexico, North Carolina and Massachusetts, respectively as places where “high-growth companies could thrive”.

The report was, in part, based on a few universal qualities: affordability, availability of a talented labor pool, existence of a thriving business community, and quality of life.

Businessweek asked San Francisco-based GIS Planning, a geographic data provider that helps companies select optimal sites through its Zoom Prospctor website, to identify the best small city to start a business in every state across the country, examining cities with populations between 20,000 and 200,000. The choices took into account 11 factors that shape a city’s entrepreneurial climate, from the education level of the workforce to the amount of venture-capital investment.

What do you think?  Is Irvine the best place to start a business? I think so.  But then again, I live here.

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  3. Or you could join us in New Mexico…I see Santa Fe made the list too!

  4. Anyone who thinks Irvine is good for startups has not dealt with the Irvine Company yet. I’d say Lake Forest is more startup-friendly.

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