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Sarasota named #2 Best Small City to Start a Small Business

The City of Sarasota has been swirling with accolades recently in the National Press. Last month, it was named the 18th best place to live in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Just this past week, Sarasota was recognized as the #2 Best Small City to Start a Small Business by Verizon.

Verizon conducted the survey and based rankings on various factors including drive time to work, taxes, income, loans per capita and broad-band access.

Verizon gathered data from almost 300 cities across the country with populations that were required to fall between 55,000 and 75,000 residents to qualify.

The actual language describing Sarasota in the final report by Verizon says, “It’s a good time to be in business in Florida it seems, cities in the Sunshine State make up 30 percent of this list’s top 10 and nearly half of the top 50. What gives Sarasota the edge? Maybe it’s the shorter commute time than its fellow Floridian top-tenners, Coral Gables and Doral. It could be the rich, tourist-fueled economy and thriving cultural arts scene that draw not only snowbirds

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