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Top States For Business In 2018: Starting A Solution Provider Company

Which states offer the most business opportunities, have an entrepreneurial culture or provide the most educated workforce for a solution provider startup? See how your state ranks in providing the resources needed—or hinders growth with taxes, regulations and other obstacles.

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Worst To First: What Does Your State Have To Offer?

With the economy humming along and the demand for IT services continuing to grow, more people who work in the IT industry–either on the business or the technical side – may be getting the entrepreneurial bug and considering striking out on their own to start a solution provider business.

Such entrepreneurs face a lot of challenges. Where can they find the talented employees they'll need to make their startup vision a reality? How abundant are the business opportunities needed to ensure success? And what kind of hurdles will the new business face in terms of costs, taxes and regulations?

The answers to those questions can vary widely based on where in the U.S. an entrepreneur starts his or her business. The following ranks all 50 states, starting with the worst (No. 50) to the best (No. 1) for starting and growing a solution provider business.

The findings are based on a CRN Research analysis of a broad range of data, including the education and experience level of each state's workforce, labor and business operating costs, and tax and regulatory burdens. States are also ranked for their potential for fostering innovation, spurring growth and generating business opportunities.

We've also cross-referenced the results with CRN's 2018 Solution Provider 500, noting how many of the biggest solution providers call each state home.

Take a look. The results might surprise you.

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