By David Selig Sun Sentinel
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Ready to start a business? You may want to consider the Sunshine state. Business.org shares why Florida is a great place to launch your idea.
Florida makes its way onto a bunch of "best" and "worst" lists, and when it comes to the top places for women to start a business, we're right at the top.
Ahead of Women's Equality Day this Sunday, the website Business.org ranked U.S. cities on "the factors that may help women entrepreneurs be more successful" and three of the top 10 metro areas are in the Sunshine State.
The Tampa Bay area ranks No. 1, followed by Greater Orlando at No. 4 and South Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach) at No. 10.
Business.org took into account the following factors in its rankings:
* Percentage of women-owned businesses * Number of new businesses per 100,000 people * Women-to-men pay difference * Unemployment rate for women * Number of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) chapters
In the category of most new businesses owned by women per 100,000 people, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm ranked fourth.
Here's a look at the top 10 overall: 1. Greater Tampa Bay Area, Fla. (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater) 2. Silicon Valley, Calif. (San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara) 3. Seattle Metropolitan Area, Wash. (Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue) 4. Greater Orlando, Fla. (Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford) 5. Inland Empire, Calif. (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario) 6. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.-Wis. (Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington) 7. Bay Area, Calif. (San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward) 8. Pittsburgh, Pa. 9. St. Louis, Mo. 10. Miami Metropolitan Area, Fla. (Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach)
The worst city for women to start a business, according to the study? Baton Rouge, La.
The worst area in Florida is Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville.