The 2011 Inc. 5000: Top Ten States

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8. Pennsylvania, 191 companies

Businesses in Pennsylvania continued to struggle against nation-wide economic malaise in 2010, reported the state’s Small Business Development Center. The SBDC was doing everything it could to get small businesses back on their feet in the state, hosting 344 educational programs and organizing 50,956 hours of management consulting in the first half of 2010 alone. Drilling for natural gas continues in the region known as the Marcellus Shale, activity some argue may bring needed jobs to the state but which some experts claim may have serious ecological repercussions. Which makes it all the more interesting that it is solar energy provider re2g that places first on the state’s fastest growing small businesses, ranking No. 24 on the Inc. 5000 overall.