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Forbes Ranks Springfield Top 100 for Business and Careers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Forbes magazine places Springfield in the top 100 on their list for Best Cities for Business and Careers.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Forbes magazine places Springfield in the top 100 on their list for Best Cities for Business and Careers.

Jason Graf started his own business this summer.

Crowd-It is a crowd funding website, the only one of its kind in Missouri.

"So we would be compared to Kickstarter or Indiegogo," he said.

Users can get funding for their own business ventures or projects.

"I'm just an entrepreneur at heart and this opportunity was just too good to pass up," Graf said.

And possibly the best part of the deal is that his wife, Tara, started her own company too, right next door.

"We save on gas mileage for sure, we drive into work together on most days," she said.

The entrepreneurial pair were hesitant about starting tech companies in Springfield.

"I'm from Bentonville, Arkansas and the only thing I knew was big business and Walmart," Tara Rawlins said.

But Graf said being in the Midwest has actually helped set him apart from the competition.

"Being in the Midwest has been a blessing for us. It's a small enough place that it's easy to network," he said.

The cost of doing business is also low.

That's one of the reasons Springfield landed at 72 on Forbes' list of best places for business and careers.

The city ranked eighth in the country for cost of doing business.

"As we come out of the recession, cost is something that's very important to companies, Springfield Chamber of Commerce Sr. VP of Economic Development Ryan Mooney said.

The Chamber will use the new ranking to market the city, which Mooney said is something that benefits everyone.

"From a community perspective the more profitable a company is the more jobs theyre going to create," he said.

Here is the criteria for the Forbes list: cost of doing business, cost of living, median income, and median home price, among others.

As for other Missouri cities, Saint Louis ranked 52 and Kansas City was not listed.

In Arkansas, Fayetteville, Little Rock, and Fort Smith also made the list.
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