The 10 Best States To Do Business In

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No. 7: California

Solution Provider 500 Companies: 49

You would expect California to be on top of the tech rankings. And in some ways, you'd be right. California, for example, is ranked No. 1 for its overall innovation and growth opportunities, thanks to high scores in such criteria as entrepreneurial activity (No. 1) and inventor patents (No. 2).

Also not so surprising is the fact that California is an expensive place to do business. It's ranked No. 38 for overall labor and business costs and No. 40 for taxes and regulation.

But, the education/experience level of its workforce is ranked only No. 12. And, it's ranking for overall business opportunity is a disappointing No. 21. All of which reminds us that Silicon Valley isn't all there is to California.

California has 37 solution providers on CRN's Tech Elite 250, 15 on the Fast Growth 100 and 50 Up-And-Comers, and 23 on the Next-Gen 250 list.

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