Arkansas boasts a number of advantages over other states for those hoping to start a new business. The state ranks in the top ten in both cost of living and cost of doing business, according to a 2016 CNBC ranking.

Furthermore, the presence of six Fortune 500 companies, including J.B. Hunt, Tyson Foods and retail mega-giant Walmart indicate that access to investment is not difficult to come by. Owing to Arkansas focus in the food, retail and logistics sectors of the economy, a majority of startups in the state are active in these fields.

In contrast to Silicon Valley and other densely concentrated hubs of startup activity, a spirit of cooperation and mutual support are evident within Arkansas’ community of entrepreneurs. Companies like Agricultural Food Systems, a company established to boost food quality, and Btiques, an app allowing users to shop fancy boutiques from their phones, coexist peacefully and access the same financial resources.

Arkansas spirit of hospitality and affordable cost of living and doing business render it a unique and welcoming environment for the budding entrepreneur.

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Only cities with over 50,000 inhabitants are reported in the results. Some data had to be interpolated to the county level and extrapolated to all the cities in the county. We concentrated on the following metrics to obtain our ranking: Cost of livingBest state for businessUnemploymentKauffman index, and Universities.


I'm an entrepreneur myself. When talking to others who want to start their own business, they often get wrapped up in the nitty gritty of paperwork and forming the company. They forget that what really matters is customers, sales, and profit. That's why I created How to Start an a simple resource and guide so you can spend less time on forming your company, and more time on building it.

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