If you live in North Dakota, you should understand what it means to have a thriving local economy.  Whether you sign the front or the back of your paycheck, where you work and what you do is a big part of what makes North Dakota a great place to live and raise a family.  From small towns like Wilton, New Salem, Linton or Steele to bigger cities like Bismarck, Mandan, Jamestown, Dickinson, Minot or Fargo, the local economy is the life blood of our state and small businesses employ a large percentage of our employees while creating most of our jobs. Having a good mix of local businesses and large retailers, corporate stores and industries is what sets a select few communities ahead when it comes to being one of the "Best Small Cities To Start A Business" in America.  Follow the link for the full story and see where Bismarck ranks compared to other small cities.

4. Bismarck, ND Bismarck, North Dakota comes in at number four on our list. This Midwest city, which sits just three hours west of second-seated Fargo, ND, is experiencing a rise in both population and median household income, which translates to more customers and more revenue for small business owners. In addition, the economy is strong in Bismarck. It holds the rank of top overall economic growth performer since 2000, by the US Chamber of Commerce, and offers the best entrepreneurial environment in the nation, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, according to the city’s website.  (Source: https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/best-small-cities-for-business/)