The 2011 Inc. 5000: Top Ten States

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2. Texas, 356 companies

The Lone Star State’s top company on the Inc. 5000 this year is Gold & Silver Buyers, at No. 8. The most recent numbers counted 391,010 businesses with fewer than 500 employees in Texas, many of them in the science and technology, healthcare or construction industries. The state’s "Wide Open for Business" slogan is backed by real money: loans, tax incentives, funds for technology development, and training assistance. Between 2007 and 2011, while the national job market shrank, Texas added 157,400 jobs. Maybe you heard Governor Perry mention that in his Presidential campaign.