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December 16, 2012 | Tom Ballard

Six southern states ranked in top 20 for most entrepreneurially friendly

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) released its “U.S. Business Policy Index 2012: Ranking the States on Policy Measures and Costs Impacting Small Business and Entrepreneurship” late last week.

According to a news release from the SBE Council, it uses a 46-item index to rank states based on their policies. Tennessee came in as the 17th most entrepreneur-friendly state under the organization’s criteria. The  states in the South ranked above Tennessee were Florida (5th), Alabama (7th), Virginia (12th), South Carolina (14th) and Mississippi (15th). The lowest ranked state in the region was North Carolina (37th).

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