Top 10 States to Start Small Business

Technology companies no longer have to be based in the Bay Area to find qualified talent since programmers are spread out across the U.S. and are seeking various environments and cultures, said Matt Rizai, CEO of Workiva (WK), an Ames, Iowa-based business software company.

"It's important to consider the broader community when choosing a business location because experienced software engineers are placing a higher priority on quality of life and they want to start a family in a place where they can afford to live," he said. "Many cities and states like Iowa are eager to build corporate and technology areas of excellence within their borders and will work with companies to find optimal financial and employment benefits."

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Ellen Chang