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If you were founding a company today, would you base it in Rhode Island?

Yes, the state's resources for startups are getting better all the time 20% | 54 votes
No, the state's fiscal and political climates are not hospitable to small businesses 71% | 196 votes
I'm not sure 9% | 26 votes
Posted 12/18/11

Much attention has been focused lately on creating a more hospitable startup culture in Rhode Island. The reason is simple – attracting large employers to the Ocean State is a difficult proposition.

Thus, the state’s business and political leaders are realizing that growing the state’s work force will require a large amount of organic growth. And that requires companies being birthed and nurtured here.

The question is, has the state turned a corner in terms of its perception in the business community relative to startups?

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Mister_Smithers

Are you kidding??

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | Report this
dwaugh@mosesafonso.com

Although I may be in the minority, my feeling is that, because my personal networks are here and the local educational institutions produce graduates who are able to produce excellent work at a reasonable cost, I would almost assuredly stay here. Moving elsewhere would require a lot of learning the ground somewhere else, diverting energy and resources I could be putting to use here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | Report this
lioni1@aol.com

Providence...not Rhode Island

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | Report this
jmattson22@cox.net

What RI has in its favor is a network that is only 3 degrees of separation apart, from Westerly to Woonsocket - but what speaks against it is a history of thievery and dishonesty. Most RI college grads do not stay. The location makes RI unique - but the political environment has historically made it inhabitable. Hard to stay and hard to leave - that is the unique challenge of living in RI.

Friday, December 23, 2011 | Report this
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