Originally settled in 1847 and later incorporated as a city in 1857, Appleton has a long history as the center of the Fox River Valley region, becoming a cultural and economic hotspot.
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Worcester, aka the ‘Heart of the Commonwealth’ has a history of manufacturing with a growing reputation for entrepreneurship.
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI are a pair of quaint cities with interesting histories leading back to the beginning of lumber and paper industries.
Known as one of the U.S.A’s first planned cities, New Haven-Milford CT continues to thrive with innovation. As of 2019, they’ve been recognized as an ideal location for tech startups.
Lafayette, Indiana’s economy largely revolves around Purdue University which also offers opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs.
Despite its small size, Corvallis has a history of entrepreneurial success: the city appeared on Livability and Entrepreneur magazine’s rankings of the best cities for entrepreneurs in both 2016 and 2017.
Just south of Chicago, Champaign-Urbana is fostering a growing community of entrepreneurs and innovators.
From the city’s earliest days as a trading post to an aircraft manufacturing boom in the 1920s and 30s that earned it the nickname “The Air Capital of the World,” Wichita has long been an economic hub for Kansas and the Midwest.
Nearly half of Ames residents are students at Iowa State University, fueling a young culture focused on advancement and innovation that serves the city’s entrepreneurship scene.
Akron is located in one of the best states for women entrepreneurs and calls itself the “City of Invention.”