http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/2013/best-cities-start-business/

6. Tampa, FL

Tampa’s population is growing by 3% a year, and community banks are willing to lend to small businesses. $80 million was lent from Tampa community banks in small C&I loans in 2012. The city boasts a thriving business climate, and there are 11.5 businesses per 100 residents in Tampa. Additionally, the University of South Florida College of Business hosts a Small Business Development Center, offering university-driven business information and market research as well as regular training and consulting.
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Conference hopes to spark Manatee tech industry growth | Technology | Bradenton Herald

“In our second panel, we’re talking about people who are relocating here, and not just to retire, but relocating here to grow their businesses,” Hand said. “Sometimes we think the only people who are moving here are service-oriented people or retirees, but we have a panel of entrepreneurs who have done business at global levels and moved to Florida because they wanted to do business here.”

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