Entrepreneurship and Washington D.C. -- two concepts that are not always mentioned in the same breath. If you're outside the Capital Beltway, you might think of the Nation's Capital as a place mired in regulation, gridlock, and never-ending political battles. You might picture D.C. as a place for big businesses -- defense contractors, pharmaceutical companies, accounting firms, law firms, and others that want to be close to the center of political power so that they can lobby for their initiatives.
Sure, we've got all of that in D.C. However, we also have a thriving entrepreneurial scene. According to Under30CEO, Washington D.C. was one of the top 10 cities for young entrepreneurs in 2010. Ranking D.C. #9 on its Top 10 list, Under30CEO reports that:
"DC is an obvious choice for the list with its ideal location to the political scene. Washington has a large number of attractions like the National Mall and countless museums. The area is also home to leading colleges like Georgetown, American and George Mason University. These schools bring a very active social scene to the city which makes it a great spot for young people along with providing numerous resources for start-ups."
I can personally attest to the entrepreneurial spirit of the D.C. area. Both my wife and I are entrepreneurs and we both started our businesses while we were under 30 (oh! those were the days!) My business, of course, is real estate sales, and I can think of no area of the country better for real estate than the D.C. area! My wife Deborah has built a thriving wedding dance business and children's etiquette business here in Northern Virginia and D.C.
If you are moving to the area to start a business or graduating from a D.C. area college or university and want to get started on your entrepreurial dream, D.C.'s a great place to be.
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