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Charlotte voted #8 Best Place to Live and Launch a Business

Voted by CNN Money: 8th Place Charlotte NC

Population: 596,123

Pros: Steady influx of young educated workers, business-friendly banking community, local sports entertainment

Con: Housing costs spiked in recent years

This national financial hub is home to big names like Wachovia and Bank of America, but the oak-tree-lined city is also a great place to launch and grow a small business.

Regional organizations such as the local Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Inventors Network, and the Central Piedmont Community College's Center for Entrepreneurship supply a mix of mentoring, networking and technical assistance to innovative entrepreneurs, especially those in the finance and technology fields. To help develop the city's biotech industry, a research complex sponsored in part by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is set to open its labs this year to scientists and startups involved in healthcare and nutrition research.

 

Charlotte's vibrancy and employment opportunities attract young professionals from around the state and help the city retain many of the graduates streaming out of 19 nearby colleges and universities. More here about the Article

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Published Sunday, March 30, 2008 11:01 AM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker

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