8 most business-friendly cities

These metro areas rate highest for ease of starting a business, government support of entrepreneurs, and more, according to a recent Thumbtack survey of more than 8,000 small businesses.

.  Nashville

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Marketing consultant Kate O'Neill says Nashville welcomes entrepreneurs with open arms.

Nashville is a cheap place to live, and taxes are low.

Even better, the cooperative atmosphere that fosters its formidable music scene also makes it a great place for entrepreneurs.

Songwriters here work together, and the business community takes the same approach, said Kate O'Neill, who traveled to Nashville as a musician in 2003. "There's a really connected, collaborative spirit I haven't seen elsewhere," said O'Neil, now CEO of [meta]marketer, a marketing analytics firm.

That sense of community also makes it easier for startups to strike deals with other business owners, said Brian Tolbert, who founded health-care advisory firm Bernard Health in 2009. Tolbert was pleased to find that local firms were so willing to take his cold calls.

"Because you have such a transient population, it's a very open community," he said. "They're much more open to taking meetings from strangers. I don't think we would be able to have that kind of success in other markets."

Source: 2013 Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey, done in partnership with Kauffman Foundation
  @Jose_Pagliery - Last updated June 20 2013 11:36 AM ET

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