Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2012

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Residential Construction

After years in the doldrums, the residential construction industry is finally gaining traction, thanks to pent-up demand and slowly-improving incomes. For the next five years, revenues in the residential constrution industry are projected to increase an average of 10.4 percent per year, reaching $573.1 billion in 2017. The number of enterprises--and maybe one of them will be yours--is expected to increase to 556,090 in 2017, up from 340,544 this year. The housing industry isn't expected to reach the fever pitch of 2005, but given what happened after, that's probably a good thing. See more