No. 8: Georgia
Solution Provider 500 Companies: 18
Georgia ranks an impressive No. 4 for overall business opportunity and a respectable No. 16 for innovation and growth -- which gets a boost from the state's No. 4 rank for entrepreneurial activity.
On the expense side, Georgia does well in taxes and regulation (No. 4). But, it's ranked only No. 28 for its labor and business costs. And, its workforce education and experience ranks only a middle-of-the-pack No. 24.