FT. WORTH-The Ft. Worth-Arlington corridor has a solid grip on the brass ring, says Dunn & Bradstreet, which places this region of the metroplex in first place for entrepreneurs.

The region ranked 25th last year in the seventh annual poll of metropolitan areas, according to D&B’s Entrepreneur magazine. The other top five slots go to the southeastern cities of West Palm Beach/Boca Raton, FL., Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, Atlanta, and Charlotte/Gastonia/Rock Hill, NC-SC.

Dallas is ranked sixth and Austin-San Marcos comes in at 10 while San Antonio has copped the 14th slot. “The dominance of southern and southwestern cities … is driven by the percentage of new bsiness starts among the entire business population in each of these cities,” says Iris Geisler, D&B’s economic analyst who conducted the study.

The costs for rent, labor and other support needs in many of the top-ranking cities are somewhat higher than the US average, but they are offset by an skilled available labor force and an increasing number of larger businesses.

Ft. Worth-Arlington came up to first place from last year’s 25th slot; Dallas has jumped up from 13; Austin-San Marcos, up from 19; and San Antonio, up from a 32nd ranking.

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