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1. Bellevue, Wash.

Fortune Small Business and CNN.com has put together an interactive ranked chart of the best places to start a new business and live a good life. The listing is sortable by City & State and lists towns all over the country they judge to merge good business environment with attractive recreational activities.

CNN Money, analyzed economic conditions along with ‘livability and put it all together in a useful overview article here.

You can also find another useful ranking on their site of the top best 100 small businesses in the United States.

In the meantime, if you are looking to get out of town and start a new venture make sure you check out 50 of the top 100 places in the U.S. to do it below.

Top  50  Places To Start A Business
Rank City Population
1 Bellevue, WA 111,608
2 Georgetown, TX 37,963
3 Buford, GA 13,576
4 Marina del Rey, CA 8,891
5 Bethesda, MD 59,475
6 Portland, OR 535,421
7 Denver, CO 555,932
8 Charlotte, NC 596,123
9 Fort Worth, TX 595,062
10 Franklin, MA 29,642
11 American Canyon, CA 12,484
12 Durham, NC 204,135
13 Manchester, NH 113,417
14 Virginia Beach, VA 445,875
15 Salt Lake City, UT 184,550
16 Novato, CA 48,410
17 Santa Fe, NM 65,433
18 Charlottesville, VA 40,877
19 Boise, ID 203,649
20 Raleigh, NC 316,978
21 Iowa City, IA 64,933
22 Omaha, NE 399,820
23 Minneapolis, MN 374,956
24 Fargo, ND 96,029
25 Scottsdale, AZ 232,929
26 Louisville, CO 19,402
27 Bellingham, WA 73,357
28 Colorado Springs, CO 396,436
29 Naperville, IL 149,600
30 Lyndhurst, NJ 19,699
31 Leesburg, VA 46,645
32 Carlsbad, CA 90,536
33 Hamden, CT 59,329
34 San Antonio, TX 1,251,086
35 Cambridge, MA 102,158
36 Stafford, TX 25,607
37 Radnor Township, PA 31,675
38 Worcester, MA 179,719
39 Fort Collins, CO 127,443
40 Olympia, WA 46,605
41 Asheville, NC 69,447
42 Ann Arbor, MI 119,016
43 Blacksburg, VA 40,161
44 Oro Valley, AZ 35,750
45 Sioux Falls, SD 137,222
46 Madison, WI 222,428
47 Gainesville, FL 95,392
48 Corvallis, OR 49,124
49 Owings Mills, MD 22,291
50 Greensboro, NC 231,720

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Led by a team of mavens from Green MBA at Dominican University of California, greenmaven.com’s search engine hosts over 10,000 websites, and their business directory is nearing the 4,000 mark. Use the Hot Searches cloud on their site, read their blog, use their easy directory or just search on a keyword, it’s easy. Upon review the team will take submissions of your green site or recommendations as well. Happy Green Hunting!

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The best shops, restaurants and cheese courses in the Big Apple

If you love Cheese and you are in New York City or going there soon, this is the article for you:

The Times Online features an overview for Cheese-lovers in NY written by Fiona Beckett, the author of Fiona Beckett’s Cheese Course (Ryland, Peters & Small ) The following are the top places  in the Big City to get your cheese fix:

Murrays, 254 Bleecker St. (between 6th & 7th Ave)

Bedford Cheese, 229 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn on N 4th

Saxelby cheesemongers, 120 Essex Street at Delancey

Zabars, 2245 Broadway at 80th St.

Dean and Deluca, 560 Broadway (at Prince Street)

Artisanal, 2 Park Avenue on 32nd St.

Casellula, 401 West 52nd between 9th and 10th Ave

See more of what Fiona Beckett has to say in the Full Article or on her own blog, The Cheeselover.

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For a good interactive resource to help in targeting companies for job searches
or marketing campaigns be sure to check out Fortune magazine’s chart of 100 Best Companies to Work For 2010: Near You.

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The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

contains a treasure trove of information about Careers. Here is a streamlined list taken from their

Career Voyager’s chart of the Most Desired Occupations

to fill by Employers, in order of preference. The data is all fed by the most current data from a recent BLS survey.

The chart includes Projected Need for Employees, Projected Growth, 2008 Hourly Wage where available, and Education&Training needed.

You can navigate to the full chart which includes the latest salary information for these jobs as well. All of the occupations are displayed in descending order using the Top 50 rating (most desirable to least desirable).

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. General Operations Managers
  3. Physicians and Surgeons
  4. Accountants and Auditors
  5. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  6. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  7. Lawyers
  8. Sales Representatives,Wholesale and Manufacturing,Except Technical and Scientific Products
  9. Computer Systems Analysts
  10. Management Analysts
  11. Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  12. Chief Executives
  13. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers
  14. Financial Managers
  15. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
  16. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  17. Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
  18. Construction Managers
  19. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  20. Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  21. Electricians
  22. Computer Support Specialists
  23. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
  24. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  25. Pharmacists
  26. Sales Managers
  27. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
  28. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  29. Civil Engineers
  30. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  31. Teacher Assistants
  32. Medical and Health Services Managers
  33. Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  34. Insurance Sales Agents
  35. Administrative Services Managers
  36. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
  37. Marketing Managers
  38. Industrial Engineers
  39. Financial Analysts
  40. Fire Fighters
  41. Personal Financial Advisors
  42. Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
  43. Engineering Managers
  44. Dentists, General
  45. Dental Hygienists
  46. Physical Therapists
  47. Cost Estimators
  48. Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
  49. Food Service Managers
  50. Loan officer

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics) For a complete list of occupations and to find more information on education requirements and salary ranges, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections Web page at http://www.bls.gov/emp/home.htm

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Splash Sculpture Photography

Tim Mercer, photography enthusiast, presents a beautiful collection of amazing Water Splash Sculpture photography. Be sure to check out the links at the end of the gallery that will help you learn how to photograph water splashes and more about it.

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Extreme Art Ice Sculptures

Woman’s Day magazine has convinced me that ‘Extreme Art’ needs to be a tag. This stuff is sublime.

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