The 2011 Inc. 5000: Top Ten States

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1. California, 676 companies

Technology and Internet start-ups remain strong in California this year, but they’re not the only companies flocking to the Golden State. This year’s list also includes companies like Oakland’s Revolution Foods, which is working to improve nutrition in the nation’s schools. The state’s top listing this year was taken by Solazyme, a biotech firm that makes fuel from microalgae, at No. 2. Noteworthy fact: The state is inching toward race and gender parity in business ownership. Between 2002 and 2007 (the most recent numbers) minority ownership of the state’s small businesses increased 33.4 percent.