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Orange County Register: What business exodus? California tops in U.S. for company creation

Now you might argue that because of California’s size — it is the nation’s largest economy — such leadership in company growth isn’t unexpected. But even if you rank states on percentage growth, California still looks pretty good in this period: It ranked 10th best for small business creation; No. 17 for mid-size; 23rd for giant companies and 13th in overall growth.

California’s economy benefits from its sheer size and a strong entrepreneurial spirit that’s boosted by a diverse, talented workforce, said Geri Stengel, a research advisor to American Express.

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