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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