Build Android iOS HTML5 Mobile Apps

Building a responsive mobile app that’s Android and iOS has become cost-effective. A mobile app can automate your business to reach 95% more customers on smartphones, tablets and the Google Chromebook reports Hybrid mobile apps offer a better return on investment than alternatives. Developing cloud based app solutions adds proprietary value to your business. Compare Google Android 48% global marketshare vs Apple iOS 43% (Data 2015). 

Think of it this way, custom mobile apps provide an automated direct link from your business to customers, bypassing filters like Facebook, with instant streaming of promotional adverting and social media news content to the end-user on a mobile Internet device. 

So if you break down the time spent on Facebook, lets say 30-hours per month posting social media then multiple by 12-months that’s 360 hours spent on Facebook annually at $20 labor per hour equals about $7,200 Facebook expense per year. Every business owner should be asking, how many new sales Facebook has actually produced says Mr. Dean @ Now consider that for less than $4,900; you create a direct sales app that provides mobile analytic data and sustainable revenue network that connects directly to a customer’s smart phone or tablet without using Facebook / Twitter.

Using responsive code such as HTML5 provides a great way to connect better through social network and e-commerce solutions. Gain automated insight into your mobile customer 24/7 with back-end deployment of cloud based mobile app platforms by A cross-platform, responsive mobile app has many advantages to build upon. 

Automated Cross Platform Mobile App Solutions

iOS, Android, Windows Phone Apps

With the App Builders like, you can create mobile and responsive apps that run on all major device platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, all from a single code base.

Hybrid Apps

Create hybrid apps that behave like native but use common APIs that run consistently across iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. With built-in support for popular frameworks Apache Cordova (a.k.a. PhoneGap), Ionic, and jQuery Mobile, give your apps the power of fully native apps without the extra cost and time.

Responsive Web Apps

It’s easy to build responsive Web apps that will run across all device types and screen sizes.  With built in support for Bootstrap, the most popular responsive UI framework your apps look great across all device form factors.

Visual Development

Visual IDE

Quickly build complete user experiences with jQuery Mobile, Ionic, AngularJS, Bootstrap, and HTML5 components inside the Visual Editor. Building your UI couldn’t get much easier: simply drag-and-drop the components to build the UI.

App Templates

Quickly create an app with one of our preinstalled templates or your own custom template.

Visual Data Binding

Quickly bind services to the UI with the drag-and-drop Visual Data Mapping Editor. You can even write custom JavaScript to be applied during mapping.

Customization + Advanced Development

jQuery Mobile, AngularJS, Bootstrap, Ionic

Increase productivity and leverage your existing skills with built-in support for the most popular JavaScript frameworks: jQuery Mobile, AngularJS, Bootstrap, and Ionic.

Custom UI Components

Create any number of custom UI components for faster reuse and customization.

Write custom JS or CSS

You can write any custom JavaScript or CSS code and include any JavaScript library.

Themes, prebuilt or custom

Use over 30 out-of-the box jQuery Mobile themes or create any number of custom themes.

Advanced Storage Layer

Visually define storage variables and their types. Use the Storage API to manage variables.

Model-Based Data Structure

Take full advantage of the MVC (Model-View-Controller) design pattern to improve reusability and productivity.

Source Code Editing

Edit HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS on the client side, enabling complete customization, flexibility, and app branding.

App Deployment

Build APK, IPA, or XAP Binaries

Build complete apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone directly from the platform. Scan the QR code when it’s ready to download or send a link of the binary to others.

Distribution-Ready Apps

Apps built with are ready to be submitted to public markets such as Google Play, Apple Store and Windows App Store as well as to enterprise app markets.

Export App Source

You can export pure app sources as HTML5/CSS or as a ready-to-use IDE project for Android (Eclipse project), iOS (xCode project), or Windows Phone (Visual Studio project).

HTML5 Testing

With an HTML5 app, you can instantly test the app in the browser or on your phone. You can also share the app link with other users or clients for instant feedback.

Native App Testing

With the Mobile Tester (Android or iOS) you or anyone else can instantly discover and test your apps on a device without installing them.  This is ideal for testing native device features or for demonstrating your apps on a target device.


Customer Console

The Customer Console enables business users and clients to edit app data and send push notifications from a user-friendly, branded console, without needing to sign into the platform with developer credentials.

Certificate Management

Cloud based mobile app solutions provides a secure place where you can store all your certificates. These certificates can then be used to build binaries such as IPAs or APKs.

Collaboration and Sharing

Collaborate and share your mobile project with team members, designers, business users, and customers in real time. Because the projects are stored in the cloud, they can easily be opened by multiple team members.

Role-Based Team Management

Select roles for your teammates and manage their permissions (Read, Write, Delete) to resources (apps, database, Server Code, etc.).

Versioning and Backups

Save multiple versions of your apps, back them up to your PC, and easily restore the whole app from the backup.

YouTube Video vs Facebook Video

Online video reaches over 5 Billion people per day, according to About 75% of the online video audience watch video on smartphones, tablets and laptops. Further, we found that 65% of people sitting in front of a television are engaged on a mobile device such as Android and iPhone, therefore their attention is divided. This comes as no surprise, as it’s consistent with falling viewership on popular network and cable TV shows like CNN. This is particularly, true for viewers age 18 to 37 having grown-up using mobile Internet devices their more app to enjoy controlling the content with a wide range of interests and in shorter bursts per view. Today, people are more likely to check their Facebook than watch CNN, as a first choice option. For YouTube, its a challenge to evolve into a social network where people spend more time. Bringing the 900 million users directly into YouTube could be a way to have people spend more time exploring video news and searching on YouTube, as a first priority. With the explosive growth of mobile video, its a sure thing for Google.

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Often TV hows like CNN latch onto a “news story” obsessively replaying the “expert” analysis for days, stuck on that one topic. But, social media savvy Millennials lose interest quickly, as they love to explore new topics and creative digital media.

“Where living in the age of CREATIVE digital media, where the “viewer” ie. ordinary people have now become the content producer says James Dean @ High quality video and audio production can be done using a smartphone, tablet and DSL camera with the ability to edit the clips on-the-fly. This changes the way a small business owner can advertise, now broadcasting local events, product promotions and social media marketing campaigns. The cost of video production and broadcast quality video advertising has dropped significantly enabling anyone to reach millions.”

One of the limitations about Facebook video is the lack of video editing tools available. Facebook does not currently provide a way to edit video versus YouTube which provides a creative editing suite online. Without a robust video editing app, Facebook will limit its full potential as a ubiquitous social media network. For example, Twitter is aggressively pushing its new mobile Internet video apps which enable video conferencing and online video editing capabilities. Vimeo is a nice video production platform which offers HiDef quality audio and video broadcasting for creative types. Vimeo integrates social media networking tools well. We also like Pinterest for its social media video networking capabilities that also incorporate new e-commerce “Buy Now” buttons for retail sales.

YouTube is undoubtedly the online video go-to-channel with a wide range of news, entertainment and educational video content. It’s the second leading search engine behind Google now. Although, Facebook has made big strides with its new messenger app that provides excellent video conferencing and social networking features. Facebook is also set to release its “Facebook Pay” app that will enable shoppers and people searching for recommended products to “BUY” through streaming news feeds on smart phones and tablets. But the transition to becoming a e-commerce platform is a delicate process for Facebook which most people did not sign up for as with the intent to be sold stuff, so there could be some blow-back from users that may see a barrage of sales “pitches” thrown at them constantly on their mobile Internet device 24/7.

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Both Facebook and YouTube must maintain the ability for users to set their own preferences with regard to filtering content being pushed vs individuals searching at their leisure for stuff. The global reach of the video networks like Facebook and YouTube is inspiring with a great potential to better connect people sharing content from unique cultures and perspectives.

The on-demand video applications to reach mobile Internet users in Facebook is huge with 1.5 Billion members worldwide. Content creation of video is now the big challenge that Facebook must address while YouTube has already got it. Facebook must give people the ability to create content in Facebook and share it using a Facebook URL link – short code / embed HTML. This would draw video content creators to a platform like Facebook, redefining it as a social media production networking app with tools that let people edit video and create online multimedia presentations that are native to Facebook.

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Pay per Click Advertising

Internet marketingAdvertising your business effectively requires a clear understanding of social media marketing, online video advertising and local print / signage media says For each business that formula differs there’s no “cookie-cutter” marketing strategy that can accomplish your ROI goals. Pay per click ads on Facebook, Google and Twitter are effective with proper keyword analytics, they can draw targeted customers to your business at relatively low cost. Budget carefully ! 

But remember, a retail store is a vastly different advertising campaign from a travel agency. Although both employ social media marketing, and paid search advertising; a local retail shop would be more likely to focus on better signage to draw foot traffic in the neighborhood. While better video marketing would be a very important marketing tool for a travel agency. Joint marketing is also effective for industry related items; “pet sitter” per “travel agency, a symbiotic business relationship. Click Image Below 

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One of the most important factors today in advertising driven by your company’s ability to push knowledge / content news and edutainment to young consumers ages 18 to 36 years old. This new group of consumers often called Millennials is a high growth marketplace (15% annually) versus those 47 to 65 + years old (Baby Boomers) with a decreased spending power (-10% annually); preparing for a fixed income lifestyle.

How to Drive more Pay per Click Advertising Traffic … 

1) What’s your advertising budget? Use the worst case revenue projects and build around it.

2) Define your loyalty customers … know the demographics, build a solid profile of interests.

3) Experiment with Pay per Click tools like Google Adwords, Yahoo/BING and Facebook. What seems to work best for your technical ability and time available time to manage the PPC campaigns. Web analytics is a time-consuming highly technical skill which changes continuously … its a full-time job. Checkout TWITTER video streaming MOBILE marketing …

4) Rotate keyword phrases monthly as consumer organic search patterns and online behaviors shift frequently. Web traffic can vary drastically with only a slight variation among keyword phrases so be precise in your ad postings. Learn Google AdWords for mobile and Yahoo / Bing Advertising tools.

5) Build your social network … add friends, acquaintances and relationships. Space out your social media posts, no more than three per day (morning and late afternoon).

6) Content marketing is a creative process vary your posting material … write articles, post video clips and photos that invite a personal connection with the audience. Get to know your customers by showing them what, who and how your business is performed. Create brand awareness, build your customer relationship management solution.

TIP OF THE DAY : Leverage popular news content in the mainstream media so it redirects the online user to your personal blog and/or business web page. For example, is a great way to set-up a mobile news content page for video clips, articles and photos that adds followers to your social network. This continuous flow of unique content online reminds people of your business. Become a news content leader, don’t follow the mainstream media, find and respin news that adds value to your customers. Click Image Below

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Better Google Adwords

google adword recommends Google Adwords to promote your business. Using Google Adwords is a great way to reach mobile Internet users that now dominate about 79% of all search activity online. Getting familiar with how Google Adwords works is important for your business in order to increase sales and drive more traffic to your business. Budget carefully !

Recently, Twitter and Yahoo joined Google’s advertising network, where Adwords are displayed. Now Google Adwords pushes your brand in social media networks and news content marketing. Be sure to explore Video for Adwords. Also checkout Social media marketing …

Six Google Adword Tools You Should Know 

Clicks : When a user clicks your ad, it’s counted in this column. Why it matters – Clicks can help you understand how well your ad is performing. Relevant, highly-targeted ads are more likely to receive clicks. Good to know: There are industry standards for measuring clicks. Clicks are accredited by the Media Rating Council.  More about clicks

GoogleImpression : An impression is counted each time your ad is shown on a search result page or other site on the Google Display Network. Why it matters: Impressions help you understand how often your ad is being seen. They’re also used to calculate clickthrough rate (CTR), which is helpful in determining the effectiveness of your ads. More about impressions – More about clickthrough rate (CTR)

Clickthrough rate (CTR) : Used to measure how often people click your ad after it’s shown to them. It is often used to help determine the effectiveness of an ad. What it is, CTR is the number of clicks your ad receives divided by the number of times your ad is shown.

CTR = Clicks

Example: If you have five clicks and 1000 impressions, then your CTR is 0.5%.  More about CTR

Average cost-per-click (CPC) is the average amount that you’ve been charged for a click on your ad.  What it is: This amount is the total cost of all clicks divided by the total number of clicks received. What it isn’t: Average CPC isn’t the same thing as maximum CPC—that’s the most you’re willing to pay for a click on your ad. You won’t be charged more for a single click than the maximum CPC that you set. Example: If your ad receives two clicks, one costing $0.20 and one costing $0.40, your average CPC for those clicks is $0.30. Choose a bid

Total Cost is the sum of your cost-per-click (CPC) spend and cost-per-thousand impressions (CPM) spend during this period.  What’s not included: Other costs, such as cost-per-call, aren’t included. For a sum of all costs, use the “Total cost” column.  Controlling costs: To help control costs, set an average daily budget you’re comfortable with at the campaign level, then set bids at the keyword and ad group level.  More about the cost of AdWords

Ranking : Average position helps explain where your ad ranks compared to other ads. Why it matters: This metric shows your ad’s position relative to those of other advertisers in the search engine. For more information on how your ads rank compared with other advertisers, try the Auction insights report.  More about Auction insights and understanding Ad position

Social Media Marketing creates unique social media marketing campaigns to push localized news stories that appeal to your customer base. A successful Facebook posting has an image that grabs attention, a news story and links to drive customer replys call-to-action. Twitter social media posts use a similar news story format to embed video clips and content marketing. By embedding social media posting on your web site as part of the content, it enables better customer brand loyalty. social media marketing creators drive customers with unique video news, copy writing stories, images and advertising campaigns on Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter. You’re Complete Internet marketing solution below.

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Web Marketing 

Get your NEW web site design for a better call-to-action and search engine ranking on Google. charges $295.00 USD per MOBILE responsive web site design. For website designs 5-7 pages turn-around is usually within five days. For 10-25 page sites with shopping carts and top search optimization, figure ten days at $595 total cost.

If you need an existing website updated, redesigned and programmed in WordPress, WIX or other web editors, figure 5-7 days at $395 total cost. A new website design with better content marketing keywords can instantly boost sales.

For example, your existing website might need a better menu navigation, Call-to-Action forms, embedded Video presentation and Shopping Carts that accept PayPal Visa and American Express. We analyze the meta tags vs your competition to create maximum Google ranking. Also checkout MOBILE APPS for 90% better customer engagement (ROI) return-on-investment.

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Point of Sale : The Art of Asking

text rewards kiosk  - EditedBeyond all the professional sales acumen like reading body language, better appearance and schmoozing; one key to any presentation is the art of asking for the sale. To often, simply asking for a sale is an overlooked step. Its amazing, how many times people after researching their needs have decided to just go with it and purchase the item.

Think of the “Point of Sale” in your retail shop, health care center, automobile dealership and real estate open house; as a unique customer touch-point to ask for the sale. You could do it by approaching the customer directly, but it might be perceived as too forceful.

Alternatively, you could provide a non-intrusive (POS) mobile point of sale system such as the POS platform. The new POS system has easy to use credit cards swiping and smart phone mobile payment apps.

A mobile POS system is a great way to enable people to research at their own pace and connect through social networks in your location says James Dean @ It’s non-threatening and reduces overhead costs. By automating the customer experience, you’re better able to quickly measure return on investment.

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Think Different, Create Change. Get more Productivity. Learn the POS creative Art of Asking !

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SMARTER smartphone Drives Consumers to Google Project Fi mobile app programmers have begun testing with Google’s new “Project Fi” dual network 4G smartphones. Think of it as, a SMARTER, smart phone says James Dean @ We’re improving the customer experience on a mobile device capable of making point of sale payment that accelerates business and social media infotainment ads.

Over 70% of people begin to make purchase decisions within their social network like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on a mobile Internet connection. Users are watching 4.5 Billion videos per day now. Video is the most powerful app, as a mobile call-to-action.

The new Google Fi, Nexus 6 platform seamlessly searches for the highest quality, fastest connection based on your location. So if you’re in downtown Nashville Music City, for example, your Google Fi smarter-phone or wearable device may decide to connect to the network using a local WiFi or maybe Verizon vs AT&T. The choice to manage your data rates and power consumption are no longer dictated by a single telecom carrier using Google Fi says Mr. Dean. It will even pickup networks in your automobile and home, if available. Checkout the VIDEO review of Google Fi, Nexus 6 smartphone ! 

Tap into a network of networks with Google Fi, Nexus 6

Networks change in quality as you move around. To help you get the highest-quality connection at your location, Project Fi uses new technology to intelligently connect you to the fastest network whether it’s Wi-Fi or one of our partner LTE networks. Your data communications are encrypted 24/7 using Google Fi, so don’t sweat it !

Get access to two 4G LTE networks

Traditionally, phones only connect to one network’s towers. With Project Fi, your phone can access the best of two 4G LTE networks so you can connect to more towers and get fast speed in more places.

Connect to better Wi-Fi

There are lots of Wi-Fi hotspots out there but not all of them are high-quality. Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we’ve verified as fast and reliable. This technology helps keep your speed high and your data bill low—whenever you’re on Wi-Fi, you’re not charged for data usage.

Calls transition seamlessly between Wi-Fi and cell networks

If you start a call over Wi-Fi and walk outside, Project Fi detects when your signal becomes weak and seamlessly moves your call over to a cell network to keep the conversation going.

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Our team offers decades of business development experience in the music entertainment industry, real estate sales, retail store e-commerce, digital media gaming, online video production, new technology innovation and mobile app business development. Like you, we see change as a good thing.

“We assist entrepreneurs in realizing their dreams. This often comes through a personal growth experience that lasts a life-time. During the process we help write business plans, develop mobile Internet sites and social media networks and even connect them to venture capital says James Dean @ 

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Did you know that Millennials, those age 18 – 36 years old, makeup almost 80 million people now in the United States. This young new consumer population has spending power is growing 15% annually versus baby boomer spending which are declining (-10%) per year. Data shows that Millennials overwhelmingly desire (68%) to pursue entrepreneurship. They enjoy working from a variety of geographic locations, outside the office. Learn more checkout the Infographic below. 


Large Cities: Population 500,000+

1. Austin, TX


Austin is no surprise to be at the top of the list. The city has been a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship for years, all centered around the annual SXSW festival. The city is also home to the University of Texas which provides the city with a steady flow of talented graduates and an overall vibrant scene. Compared to cities like San Francisco and New York, Austin has a much lower cost of living. Companies that have offices in Austin include Hostgator, HomeAway, Blizzard Entertainment, Facebook and Google.

2. San Francisco, CA


San Francisco is always at the center of anything in the Startup world. It has been a long-time staple in the scene since the dot com boom of the 90′s. Silicon Valley where many of today’s prominent tech companies call home and arguably the VC capital of the world is only a short drive. The University of California as well as Stanford both provide the city and surrounding area with plenty of top talent entering the tech world. Companies that have offices in San Francisco include Craigslist, Twitter, Zynga, and Airbnb.

3. Louisville, KY


Louisville has a population of over 700,000 and supports five colleges: University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, Sullivan University, and Simmons College of Kentucky.  The city is vibrant and college sports are a huge event with so many schools in the area. The city is critical in the cargo and shipping industry as it is within one day’s road travel to 60% of the cities in the continental U.S.. According to the Kauffman Foundation in 2011 Louisville outperformed the nation in being home to fast growth companies and was among the top states in the nation in terms of new start-up companies formed.

4. New York, NY


While New York is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in industries like fashion, real estate, media and finance. The city also has an extremely high cost of living which makes it a tough choice for many young bootstrapping entrepreneurs. However, you can also find opportunities all around you with easy to access meetups, incubators, coworking spaces, investors and high profile startups. Some startups that call New York home are Gilt, Square, ZocDoc and Thrillist.

5. Nashville, TN


As the “home of country music”, Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. The city is home to major schools like Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University and Belmont University. The city has a low cost of living and a median age of 34.2 years old. This makes it an attractive spot for young business owners along with it’s growing population.

6. Boston, MA


The area’s many colleges and universities make Boston an international center of higher education and medicine, and the city is considered highly innovative for a variety of reasons. Boston has a very high cost of living but it also maintains itself as a great place to live. Boston’s colleges and universities have a significant effect on the regional economy, with students contributing an estimated $4.8 billion annually to the city’s economy. Companies like TripAdvisor, ZipCar, and TaskRabbit call Boston home as well as a multitude of bio-tech companies.

7. Portland, OR


Portland has become a go to place for many young professionals in recent years. The move is driven by a relaxed culture, numerous outdoor activies all year and an overall high quality of living. Of course the fact that Portland is home to more breweries than any other city in the world and was named the best city for happy hour in the U.S. in 2010 by CNBC doesn’t hurt! The ctiy is home to companies like SurveyMonkey, AboutUs, Dotster, and Get Clicky.

8. Denver, CO


A great location in the Rocky Mountains makes Denver a unqiue place to live. Young people seek out the great outdoor lifestyle and unlimited winter activities. Denver has been the starting point for many companies we all know of today like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quizno’s and MapQuest and the vibrant startup scene in Boulder is just a short drive away.

9. Chicago, IL


Chicago has grown into an amazing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the past three years. With great tech companies from years past like Orbitz and new powerhouses like Groupon calling Chicago home, the necessary infrastructure for an entrepreneur to succeed has sprung up, from venture capital firms to legal resources to startup accelerators. With two major airports it’s easy travel to anywhere in the nation. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area are home to the second largest labor pool in the United States with approximately 4.25 million workers.

10. Seattle, WA


What goes hand in hand with entrepreneurship? Coffee! Seattle has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and Tully’s. High-tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft also call the Seattle area home. Seattle’s young educated scene is also driven by  University of Washington which Businessweek ranked in the Top 5 Business Schools on the west coast in 2013.

Medium Cities: Population 250,000 – 500,000

1. Atlanta, GA


Encompassing $304 billion, the Atlanta metropolitan area is the eighth-largest economy in the country and 17th-largest in the world.  Atlanta contains the country’s third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, and the city is the global headquarters of corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, UPS, and Newell-Rubbermaid. There are more than 30 colleges and universities located in the city, Atlanta is considered a center for higher education. This provides a great talent pool for any company coming to town.

2. Raleigh, NC

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Raleigh’s low unemployment rate and high number of businesses per person make it a great city for entrepreneurs. As of 2011, Time ranked Raleigh, NC as the third most educated city in the US based on the percentage of residents who held college degrees. This is due to the many schools in Raleigh and the surrounding area.

3. Cincinnati, OH


Cincinnati is home to many major and diverse corporations such as Procter & Gamble, The Kroger Company, Macy’s, Inc. (owner of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s), Benziger Brothers and American Financial Group. Cincinnati is home to the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University.

4. Kansas City, MO


Did you know there was a Silicon Prairie? Well maybe not, but Kansas City is at the heart of entrepreneurship in the Midwest. The city is the headquarters of many major companies like Sprint, H&R Block, AMC Theaters, Applebee’s and more. Kansas City is also home to the largest foundation for entrepreneurs in the world, The Kauffman Foundation.

5. St. Louis, MO


In 2012 the Kauffman Foundation ranked Missouri sixth in the nation for the rate at which residents launch businesses. This is why we see Kansas City & St. Louis back to back with Columbia in the next category. As of 2011, the St. Louis area is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, including Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Ameren, Charter Communications, Peabody Energy, Graybar Electric, and Centene.

6. New Orleans, LA


The city has seen numerous incubators and events catered to assisting entrepreneurs come to town which has boosted the resources the city has available. It’s also well known that New Orleans has an amazing, vibrant and inspiring culture that attracts the creative entrepreneur types. But the main driver for young entrepreneurs may really be that for all of this the cost of living in the city is extremely low especially when compared to places like New York, Boston or Chicago.

7. Tulsa, OK


In response to a severe economic downturn in 2001- 2003, a development initiative, Vision 2025, promised to incite economic growth and recreate lost jobs. Part of this initiative was to support and develop more small businesses which have led to resources and a favorable environment for companies. Tulsa has 15 institutions of higher education including University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University.

8. Minneapolis, MN


Minneapolis has cultural organizations that draw creative people and audiences to the city for theater, visual art, writing, and music. Five Fortune 500 corporations make their headquarters within the city limits of Minneapolis: Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Availability of Wi-Fi, transportation solutions, medical trials, university research and development expenditures, advanced degrees held by the work force, and energy conservation are so far above the national average that in 2005, Popular Science named Minneapolis the “Top Tech City” in the U.S. Minneapolis’ collegiate scene is dominated by the main campus of the University of Minnesota with more than 50,000 attendees.

9. Omaha, NE

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Omaha is right in the middle of Silicon Prairie and is home to Big Omaha which is a leading conference on entrepreneurship. Schools in Omaha include the University of Nebraska and Creighton University. Omaha is the home to the headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies: packaged-food giant ConAgra Foods; the U.S.’s largest railroad operator, Union Pacific Corporation; insurance and financial firm Mutual of Omaha; one of the world’s largest construction companies, Kiewit Corporation; and Warren Buffet’s mega-conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway.

10. Pittsburgh, PA


30 regional colleges and universities, including two tier-1 research schools (Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh), are huge drivers in producing local talent. Both of these universities are making the biggest strides in providing programs and resources to the local entrepreneurship scene. With mentors, funding, business plan competitions and technical talent they have begun to turn Pittsburgh around.

Small Cities: Population 100,000 – 250,000

1. Chattanooga, TN


Chattanooga is home to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and Chattanooga State Community College. In September 2010, EPB became the first municipally-owned utilities company to offer internet access directly to the public at speeds up to one gigabit per second in the United States utilizing its exclusive fiber optics network. The fiber optic network has been emulated by at least six other cities in Tennessee and studied by other cities in the US and even internationally. This type of technology has made Chattanooga a player in attracting tech talent to the city.

2. Columbia, MO


Columbia is a great place to live. It offers a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests, a low cost of living, an excellent education system, outstanding health care. The city has three institutions of higher education: the University of Missouri, Columbia College, and Stephens College. Local resources for entrepreneurs includes The Mizzou Advantage, Enterprise Development Corporation, Centennial Investors, AdVentures, and Student Angel Capital Group.

3. Charleston, SC


Charleston has always been ranked as a great place to live in the United States. Charleston has received a large number of accolades; they include “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel + Leisure in 2011 and subsequently Southern Living magazine named Charleston “the most polite and hospitable city in America”. Charleston is becoming a prime location for information technology jobs and corporations and has experienced some highest growth in this sector between 2011 and 2012 due in large part to the Charleston Digital Corridor. The CDC is a creative effort to attract, nurture & promote Charleston’s knowledge economy by facilitating a business, physical and social environment where technology companies thrive.

4. Madison, WI

Closeup of  Downtown Madison Wisconsin, from Lake Monona

In 2006, Forbes listed Madison as number 31 in the top 200 metro areas for “Best Places for Business and Careers.” Madison is a great place for entrepreneurs because it has great quality of life for an inexpensive price, a thriving tech scene and a top notch public university where you can find great talent. There is a 25 percent investor tax credit that makes raising money easier and organizations like Capital Entrepreneurs, Merlin Mentors and Forward Technology Festival create a vibrant ecosystem. According to Forbes magazine, Madison ranks second in the nation in education of it’s residents.

5. Columbia, SC

columbia, sc

The state’s flagship and largest university, the University of South Carolina, is located in Columbia. The median age is 29 years which leads to a exciting and active local culture drive by the multiple colleges in the area. The low cost of living and great culture make Columbia a great spot to start a business.

6. Scottsdale, AZ

scottsdale, az

The region’s year-round warm weather and abundant sunshine is a major factor in Scottsdale’s appeal. Over the past several years however, Scottsdale’s growing abundance of trendy, high-end nightlife, upscale restaurants, art galleries and luxury shopping, has made it a highly popular destination for the younger generation. Among the companies headquartered in Scottsdale are APL, Dial, Fender, Go Daddy, Kahala and Kona Grill.

7. Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City Skyline

The city is known as the “Crossroads of the West” for its central geography in the western United States. There is no talent shortage in Salt Lake City as there are 9 universities operating in the city including University of Utah, Westminster College, Utah State University and Brigham Young.  BYU’s chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization is always a national competitor.

8. Syracuse, NY


In 2010 Forbes rated Syracuse 4th in the top 10 places to raise a family. Syracuse’s major research universities is Syracuse University, it has an enrollment of 21,029. While the city has gone through changes as industrial jobs have left the area the University has been a major growth point for new opportunities and young talent.

9. Baton Rouge, LA


Baton Rouge enjoys a strong economy that has helped the city be ranked as one of the “Top 10 Places for Young Adults” in 2010 by Portfolio Magazine. In 2009, the city was ranked as the 9th best place in the country to start a new business by CNN. A low cost of living and a media age of median age was 30 years old makes Baton Rouge a great location for young entrepreneurs.

10. Birmingham, AL


The Birmingham metropolitan area has consistently been rated as one of America’s best places to work and earn a living based on the area’s competitive salary rates and relatively low living expenses. Birmingham is also the home of Alabama LunachPad which is a innovative public-private partnership brings together Alabama’s university, business and economic development communities to encourage and support high-growth entrepreneurship in Alabama. The area is home to  University of Alabama School of Medicine,  University of Alabama School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Birmingham-Southern College.