No Big Apple. No City of Angels. No Windy City. Much like inyears past, our 1998 annual ranking of the best cities in thenation for small business takes us off the beaten path and ontoroads less traveled. Not that there aren't cities you'llrecognize on our list--neither Atlanta nor Orlando, Florida, areobscure destinations by any stretch--but we're always surprisedby the results of the survey we conduct with Dun & Bradstreet(D&B).
Then again, maybe we're not too surprised. Majormetropolitan areas tend to be ultra-competitive as well asnotoriously high in business failures. According to Steve Hess,D&B's director of analytical services, setting up shop incommercial behemoths like Los Angeles also runs on the costly side."Certainly, there are a lot of customers in markets likethese," says Hess, "but they are very expensive places to[do business]."
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