10 Most Entrepreneurial States – CNN Business News

Thinking about starting a business? These 10 states saw more startup activity than anywhere else nationwide, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity.

Montana

Montana has fast become the no. 1 state for startup activity, according to the annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, having raced to the top spot this year from a 17th-place ranking a year earlier.

Vermont

For entrepreneurs serious about keeping a work-life balance, Vermont may be the ideal place to get started.

New Mexico

New Mexico is enjoying a flurry of startup activity lately.

Alaska

Alaska may be icy cold, but it enjoys a brisk entrepreneurial climate too.

Mississippi

Small businesses have long been a cornerstone of Mississippi’s economy, since few large corporate headquarters or R&D facilities are based here. Indeed, many new college grads choose to start their careers by launching a business, said Tony Jeff, CEO of Innovate Mississippi, a nonprofit that helps early-stage companies.

California

The startup culture is part of the Golden State’s DNA.

Idaho

Don’t be fooled by the calm mountains and rivers of Idaho’s picturesque Boise Valley. Nestled in their midst is a burgeoning hub for technology and science startups.

Hawaii

Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to start a business in Hawaii? It boasts world-class beaches, great weather and a relaxed lifestyle.

Louisiana

When startups grow in Louisiana, they’re in good company. Louisiana has a rich history of fostering young businesses, some of whom eventually evolved into large companies.

Nevada

Entrepreneurs in everything from retail to tech, aerospace, energy and defense are betting on Nevada as a place to launch.

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