The 10 Best States To Do Business In

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No. 9: Massachusetts

Solution Provider 500 Companies: 15

You won't find another state with such contrasting rankings. The state is ranked No. 1 for the experience and education of its workforce. It's No. 1 in the percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher (39.1 percent). And the region's thriving tech sector is arguably second only to California's Silicon Valley. The state is also ranked No. 2 for overall innovation and growth (second to California) and No. 5 for business opportunities.

Now the bad news. Massachusetts is dead last in labor/business costs, as well as in overall taxes and regulations. Its 8 percent corporate income tax is ranked No. 33. It's No. 43 in property taxes.

Massachusetts has seven solution providers on CRN's Tech Elite 250, four on the Fast Growth 100 and 50 Up-And-Comers, and four on the Next-Gen 250 list.

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