MSA: Tulsa, OK
Best places ranking: #19 among midsize metro areas
This Midwestern city is very pro-business and attracts entrepreneurs with its tax incentives, low startup costs, and friendly citizens. Oklahoma has a tax structure that encourages businesses to launch and grow in the state. Qualifying small businesses that create new jobs can receive up to 5% of their taxable wages in quarterly cash-back rebates as part of the state's Small Employer Quality Jobs incentive.
Business owners rave about the benefits of doing business with fellow Midwesterners -- a notoriously congenial population. Support groups and advice centers are eager to lend a hand: Tulsa's Young Professionals has more than 5,000 members
Tulsa is right in the middle of the country, but a conveniently located airport with lots of nonstop flights makes it easy for Tulsa business owners to hop to other major metropolitan centers.
Tulsa's low cost of living attracts entrepreneurs looking to settle down and start a family. The small city boasts very affordable homes, and Tulsa's downtown region is currently undergoing a transformation, offering restaurants and pubs on renovated streets. -Catherine Clifford
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"We bought an old building and restored it in downtown Tulsa. We couldn't have this experience in Seattle or San Francisco, but we can afford it here. " -Noah Roberts