Charlottesville – A Great Place to Start a Business

Thanks, CNN Money.

MSA: Charlottesville, VA

Best places ranking: #19 among small metro areas

Population: 194,391

Entrepreneurs with brainy businesses find Charlottesville a great place to launch. The University of Virginia plays a starring role, bringing diversity and tremendous cultural, creative, scientific and historical resources to the city. It also helps foster Charlottesville’s thriving entrepreneurial community. Local business owners can’t say enough good things about Darden, UVA’s graduate business school, which boasts the world-class Batten Institute for entrepreneurship. In addition to fostering education on innovation, Batten offers incubator space and other assistance to grad students starting businesses.

Yep, Charlottesville’s great. We love lists.

#4 – Best places to find a job

#9 – Best Places for Businesses and Careers

#2 – Best Place to Retire Young

#17 – Best Places to Live

As with most lists about Charlottesville, the authors mean Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson (and maybe Louisa).

* And Waldo wins the comment contest. (click through to the story at CNN Money)

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