We Texans have done it again! Congratulations on being named the Best State in America for business, and get this, for a record-breaking 20 years in a row. In 2022 and 2023 Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced and celebrated that Texas was the best state in America when it comes to job growth, small business growth, and for being the Best State for Business.

Governor Abbott recently said "Texas truly is the best state for business and it stands as a model for the rest of the nation. I believe that freedom is a magnet and Texas offers entrepreneurs and hard-working Texans the freedom to succeed at work and in business. When choosing where to relocate or expand your business more innovative industry leaders choose Texas."

Photo by: Chief Executive Research
Photo by: Chief Executive Research

If you want to start a small business pick a city inside the Lone Star State and open the doors. For the last 20 years, Texas has outdone all the other states in small business growth in America. Trailing behind Texas are Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, and North Carolina to round out the top five.

Think about it, what business would you like to start? Remember you have help too, from organizations like Texas Tech's Small Business Development Center,  the Texas Small Business Administration, and The Abilene Small Business Development Council. All are here to help grow businesses and our community.

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The "Best State for Business" rankings are an annual survey run by the Chief Executive Magazine of CEOs Investment Assessments of each state's business climate, workforce, and quality of life. Pinch yourself because it's true, Texas has been tops in the nation every year since Chief Executive Magazine began the rankings 20 years ago.

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