San Diego: #1 BEST Place For Small Businesses (Forbes)

Hello, friends!

Having bid a tearful goodbye to Cape Town (only for a little while!), Julie and I (the Youth Design Studio team!) are back in our other-mother-cities, Stockholm and San Diego respectively.  As we continue to work toward making Youth Design Studio a cross-continental reality, we are so incredibly grateful for the support we have gotten and continue to get from our communities around the world!  And today we are extra proud of our San Diego community: San Diego was ranked #1 Best City for Small Business Startups in a recent Forbes publication!!   As a San Diego entrepreneur, I couldn’t be happier with this news!

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The Forbes study looked at the 50 most populous cities in the United States, assessing whether they are good environments for small businesses.  Billions of data points were analyzed to reveal whether those cities are friendly to entrepreneurs; are characterized by great community engagement; and have good access to resources.  These characteristics were evaluated based on a number of criteria: for example, the percentage of small businesses as a fraction of total businesses; percentage of small businesses in high growth industries; percentage of small businesses with Facebook pages and websites; and percentage of businesses with online reviews.  Denver, Austin, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco also made the top half of the list (Western state pride!).

Great job, San Diego!  We ranked in the top 5 in nearly every category to get into that top slot.  We have a heavy concentration of businesses in high-growth industries; we are very likely to accept credit cards and adopt social media; and our communities are very engaged with their small business neighbors.  Being a small business ourselves, we are thrilled with this news – and thrilled with the support we personally have received from people all over San Diego!  We definitely feel how lucky we are to be here.

So keep it up, San Diego!  If you’d like to read the full article, “The Best Places to Launch a Startup in 2014,” it’s available on the Forbes website, and if you want to learn more about Youth Design Studio, our project in Cape Town (and San Diego, hopefully!), check out the Youth Design Studio page on the Imagine More website!

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March 14th, 2014 by imblog