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Fort Lauderdale Among Top 10 Small Business Cities In America

City snags No. 7 spot, beats Los Angeles and Houston

Another win for our beloved city.

Fort Lauderdale was ranked No. 7 on Biz2Credit’s ranking of the best small business cities in the nation. (OK fine, so it’s listed as “Miami-Fort Lauderdale,” but we’re taking the credit!) The city beat out other major business hubs, such as Los Angeles and Atlanta.  

To top it off, two other Florida cities — Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando, listed as 19 and 22, respectively — made the top 25. The top honors went to Riverside, California. 

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To come up with its results, the company “analyzed 12,000 businesses with less than 250 employees and less than $10 million in annual revenues from across the country that have been in operation for more than 1 year.” It took into account annual revenue, credit score, age of business (in months), and a “BizAnalyzer score that takes into account cash flow, debt-to-income ratio, and business owners' personal credit scores.”

When ranked by youngest age of business, Orlando actually snagged the No. 1 spot. As Biz2Credit explains, that means startups are doing really well in the city. In this case, Fort Lauderdale was listed as No. 14.

“The Sunshine State is a vibrant part of the country right now; it's not your grandfather's Florida anymore,” the company writes.

We couldn’t agree more. 

The top 10 list: 
1. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA
2. Chicago, IL
3. New York Metro
4. Charlotte, NC
5. Las Vegas, NV
6. San Francisco-Oakland, CA
7. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
8. Los Angeles, CA
9. Houston, TX
10. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX