The 2011 Inc. 5000: Top Ten States

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5. Florida, 269 companies

Florida is still struggling to emerge from the collapse of the real estate and construction market, which hit the once booming cities of the Sunshine state particularly hard. But there are plenty of signs of hope. Florida’s key economic movers remain tourism and international trade (40 percent of all imports from Latin and South America come through the state). But a scrappy technology sector is on the rise, represented by companies like Crystal Clear Technologies of St. Petersburg, an IT and communications technology services firm that ranked No. 5 on this year’s Inc. 5000.