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Best Cities to start a Business in the Midwest USA

October 6th, 2015

Centered on the north-central region of the country, the Midwest United States includes 12 states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Although major urban centers such as Chicago are known around the world as key economic drivers, the Midwest is also home to several smaller cities that provide promising conditions for new businesses. WalletHub’s 2015 ranking of the best cities to start of a business in the United States included six Midwestern cities in the top 20. The ranking used a number of metrics, from the five-year survival rate of businesses to the affordability of office space.

Springfield, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri ranked as the best Midwestern city to start of business in the United States, according to the 2015 study. The city also placed first nationally in terms of access to resources, including financing and affordable office space. Known as the Queen City of the Ozarks and the Birthplace of Route 66, Springfield is home to the Missouri State University and Drury University. The third largest city in Missouri is the economic hub of an area that spans 27 counties in Missouri and neighboring Arkansas and is home to some 1 million people. The economy is based on health care, manufacturing, retail, education and tourism. The city has also been recognized for its high quality of life, and in 2008 it was among the best communities for young people by the America’s Promise Alliance and relocating families by Worldwide ERC.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The same ranking found that Sioux Falls was the sixth best city to start a business in the US. With a growing population, the city also ranked second in terms of the best business environment in the United States. It was also named as the next big boom town by The Atlantic in 2013. The largest city in South Dakota, Sioux Falls is a diverse economic center focused on financial services, health care and retail. Sitting on the crossroads of interstates 90 and 29, the city is within a day’s drive from many major cities in the Midwest. The lack of a state corporate tax has helped attract a number of financial companies to Sioux Falls, including Wells Fargo and Citigroup. Read the rest of this entry »

The Top Ten Convention Centers in the Midwest

March 5th, 2012

St. Paul River Centre

Since opening its doors in 1998, the St. Paul River Centre, established in Minnesota, has hosted over 3,000 conventions and events within its ample show space. It has been rated as the “Best Convention Center” by Minnesota Meetings + Events Magazine three times in a row, and has played host to some major events over the years. It has even accommodated the Republican National Convention, providing space for over 15,000 members of the media.

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

This conference center shares its campus with that of Michigan State University, giving it a very unique feel and a youthful vigor. One of the major perks of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center is that it is influenced by very modern architecture and furnishings. With its proximity to the college, Kellogg has a decidedly academic feel to it, utilizing furnishings and décor that provide the perfect marriage between form and function.

Cobo Center

Located in Detroit, Michigan, the Cobo Center shows you everything that the motor city is still capable of these days. The design of the building could be described as ultra-modern, with an overall feel that will appeal to the aesthetic sensibilities of just about any tastes. The Cobo Center is also the largest of the recognized “Green Venues Michigan,” and the number of environmental initiatives going on here are really a sight to behold.

The Reed Center

This Oklahoma gem has something for everyone, and is designed with the event planner in mind. The technological aspects of the Reed Center have been designed specifically to facilitate any gathering you can imagine, and it has done all this while keeping its costs low. While some convention halls are located in bustling urban centers, the Reed Center is located in a quiet, peaceful suburban setting.

Tinley Park Convention Center

Just outside of Chicago lies one of the few untapped gems of the convention center world. Tinley park offers a great set of options to convention goers and event planners, giving them the ability to create a unique event that is sure to please anyone. Their convention center space is 75,000 square feet of space that can fit just about anything.

Gateway Center

Located in Collinsville, Illinois, the Gateway Center is a highly regarded, first-class venue. The big benefit of Gateway Center is its perfect location. Not only is it located close to bustling St. Louis, but it is also right near some amazing shopping and dining locations. Being outside of the city allows them to have big, open, tranquil space for your event.

Sawmill Creek Resort

At Sawmill Creek Resort, located in Ohio, there is an awesome, rustic convention room that is a sight to behold. The room is known as the Wilderness Hall center, and it can accommodate up to 2,000 people at a time. Its 50,000 square feet of functional, open space make it perfect for just about any type of gathering imaginable. By far, what most people say they like about Wilderness Hall at the Sawmill Creek Resort is the price. It’s the most affordable option in the Midwest if you want actual quality.

Midwest Conference Center

It may not be the cheapest, and it may not be the biggest, but the Midwest Conference Center just outside of Chicago is one of the most stunningly beautiful convention centers in the country. The place simply oozes class and refinement, with some facilities giving you a panoramic view of Chicago that will take your breath away once the sun goes down. It is very close to O’Hare, and boasts a very flexible convention space that gives you around 35,000 feet to spread out in.

DuPage Expo Center

A relatively new convention center in Illinois, the DuPage Expo Center is quickly gaining a positive reputation for itself. This is a great location for tech conventions, as the space is very clean and not stifling like other expo centers can be.

Frontier Airlines Center

Opened in 1998, the Frontier Airlines Center is by far the largest convention center on this list. With 188,665 square feet at your disposal, it’s amazing what you can do. It is very popular in Wisconsin, especially for sporting conventions.