Tulsa, OK topped a recent Small Business Friendliness Survey ranking the best cities to start a business for women.  The report took place in 2016, and included more than 12,000 small business owners from 35 states and 78 cities.  "The survey focused on sentiment, pay and state/city friendliness toward female-owned businesses.“

In the end, Tulsa ranked 1st followed by 2) Chattanooga, Tenn. 3) Birmingham, Ala. 4) Richmond, Va. and 5) Lakeland, Fla.  The big competitive advantage for Tulsa is the cost of living as well as small surrounding city.  “It’s very cheap,” explained Beth Knight who recently helped develop a mobile app to increase voter engagement. “That’s a selling point. I can experiment with things without having to worry about losing the roof over my head, which is nice.”

Tulsa may not be the first city you think of when starting a business but for now it’s one of the more attractive opportunities.