Today CNN Money published a list of eight cities that want your business. During Thanksgiving week, this might make a great conversation starter around the table, especially if you are looking to start your own business:
From mega tax breaks to innovative business incubators, these places offer compelling incentives to would-be entrepreneurs. Before you start a business, see if the city you’re targeting has a program like one of these
But I thought it would be interesting to see how many real jobs are currently open in these eight cities for those of you who do not want to start something. I went to LinkUp to find out. BTW, LinkUp is free for job seekers. When you click on the job that interests you, we take you directly to the company’s own website.
Ed Note: LinkUp Available Jobs in Pittsburgh area as of 8:15 AM, 11/23/2010: 4,523.
Pittsburgh may not be Silicon Valley, but the state’s second-largest city hopes to recapture some of its former steel-era glory by becoming a hub for technology start-ups.
Bill Gates wannabes can get advice and capital from InnovationWorks, an economic development organization designed to help tech start-ups that could boost the southwest Pennsylvania economy.
Ed Note: Open and real jobs in Miami this morning, via LINKUP.com, the only job search that ONLY has jobs found on company websites–5,889.
The recession and housing bust hit Florida hard, but The Launch Pad is looking to help turn the region’s economy around.
The assistance network is designed to encourage and support University of Miami students and alumni who want to start ventures — particularly in south Florida.
The Launch Pad offers business education, one-on-one consulting, networking events and other resources to entrepreneurs affiliated with any of the university’s schools, including undergrads, MBAs, doctors and lawyers.
Menlo Park, Calif.
Note: By searching on LinkUp in the surrounding area–29,047 jobs. No misprint, that.
If you’re an entrepreneur who dreams more about saving lives than creating the next Google, you might want to head to Menlo Park.
The city is home to The Foundry, a business incubator that helps universities, researchers and inventors turn ideas for medical devices into successful companies.
The Foundry guides start-ups from the seed stage through IPO by offering business development advice, fund-raising assistance, market analysis, management training, work space and other resources.
Ed note: LinkUp Jobs Today: 29,672
Want to be a power player? Companies from government contractors to restaurants and retailers may find that being close to Washington, D.C., can help boost their business.
Arlington woos entrepreneurs with BizLaunch, a small business assistance network that that can connect them with business consulting, financial resources, and market research, among other services.
Since its inception in 2002, more than 18,000 people have come through BizLaunch’s doors, asking for advice or attending workshops, said Tara Palacios, director of the program.
Ed note: this is one beautiful town and there are 1,508 jobs found on local company websites.
In Chattanooga, artists and creative entrepreneurs get a helping hand from CreateHere, a three-year-old nonprofit that fosters cultural and economic development in the city. The organization helps groom would-be owners with a leadership development fellowship, among other services.
An 8-week business training course called SpringBoard includes lessons on business planning and CEO peer round table discussion groups. Graduates have been responsible for creating at least 50 local jobs, said CreateHere co-founder Josh McManus.
Open and available jobs in the Littleton area total 8,941.
The seeds of a unique program to boost Littleton’s local economy were sown back in the late 1980s, after Lockheed Martin laid off 7,000 people from its facility in Littleton in 1987. Determined to develop jobs that wouldn’t depend on distant corporations, the city created a program called “economic gardening.”
The program helps high-growth companies with 10 to 100 employees become stronger, more stable businesses by providing access to information and resources big corporations take for granted — like market research, competitor intelligence and strategic planning.
3,078 jobs are waiting to be filled in this California city.
Like many cities, Ventura wants to boost its economy by helping grow local business. But rather than spend it on training or programs, Ventura decided to become an investor.
The city “decided to use this big pot of money to do something that isn’t typical for most cities — to allow a VC firm to invest in companies with the hope of creating jobs locally and in creating long-term revenue through these investments,” said Joey Briglio, Ventura’s sustainable business developer.
Ed Note: I had never even heard of Gahanna, OH–but there are 4,309 very real and open jobs there.
Even some small cities go out of their way to woo entrepreneurs. Gahanna, a town of just over 30,000 outside of Columbus, offers a big local tax break: a rebate of up to 50% on the city income tax — which is levied at a rate of 1.5% — for up to five years.
The so-called Office and Industrial Rebate is available to businesses with an annual payroll of over $1 million and is negotiated depending on the project investment and number of jobs created for the city.
One recent beneficiary: a small electrical engineering company called IJUS. The tax break motivated the company to bring its main office to Gahanna in 2005 — along with its 25 workers and annual payroll of $1.6 million. IJUS expects to expand its workforce to 40 in the next three to five years.