Organization men (and women) are city slickers, preferring to do their business in major metropolitan areas; real entrepreneurs, evidently, prefer "edge cities," outside metro areas but with access to all the amenities urban areas have to offer. Below are the 10 places that have the greatest concentration of small companies anywhere in the United States. Notice that there's not a downtown area among them.
|Area||Nearest city||% of companies with fewer than 50 employees|
|2.||Walnut Creek, Calif.||San Francisco||87%|
|3.||Coral Gables, Fla.||Miami||87%|
|4.||Southpark Area, N.C.||Charlotte||86%|
|5.||San Antonio Airport Area, Tex.||San Antonio||86%|
|6.||South Texas Medical Center Area, Tex.||San Antonio||86%|
|7.||Redwood City, Calif.||San Francisco||86%|
|8.||San Rafael, Calif.||San Francisco||86%|
|9.||The Sunset Freeway Corridor, Oreg.||Portland||86%|
|10.||Newport Beach, Fashion Island, Calif.||Los Angeles||86%|
Source: Edge City Database, produced by Strategic Mapping of Santa Clara, Calif., 1993.