The 2011 Inc. 5000: Top Ten States

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7. Georgia, 202 companies

Georgia is mounting a serious push behind small business through programs that train new members of the workforce and improve transportation. Georgia has been touting one business-rich area between Atlanta and Athens as Innovation Crescent for its cluster of biotechnology companies. There are aggressive loan and funding incentives to bring other industries to the area. Valuation Management Group, Georgia’s top entry on this year’s Inc. 5000 list, operates from Marietta, a suburb of the capital.