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Lewisburg, PA Ranked Among Top 10 Places for Small Business in Northeast

October 17, 2015

Small Businesses add over 100 employees

HR Blog Talent Tribune has compiled a list of the top places in America for small business (see article below), based on data from the US Census. Lewisburg, PA made that list.

Is starting a small business the new American dream? It just might be. According to a recent University of Phoenix survey 63% of 20-somethings own their own business or want to in the future, while 53% of American adults have seriously considered starting their own venture.

There’s good news for all these aspiring entrepreneurs: things are looking up for small business. In November, The National Federation of Independent Businesses reported that its Small Business Optimism Index increased by 2.0 points to 98.1, the highest rating since before the recession. And small businesses and startups continue to grow – not only in places like New York and San Francisco, but all across the country.

As part of our series on small business growth, we ranked the 10 best places for small business in the Northeast, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We looked at net small business growth, net small business employee growth, and percentage of businesses that are small businesses, and created a weighted overall score.

Check out our findings below to see if your town made the list, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

10. Hudson, NY

Downtown Hudson New YorkStarting off our list at number 10 is Hudson, NY. Hudson is a small business mecca: 79% of the city’s businesses are small businesses. According to , the city is home to 51 antique shops, 24 restaurants, 18 art galleries, 15 salons, 10 B&Bs, and dozens of shops and boutiques. Hudson also saw positive small business employee growth, adding more than a hundred employees at small businesses throughout the area. (Photo credit:

9. Pottsville, PA

Pottsville Pennsylvania signNext on our list is Pottsville, PA. The Schuylkill County city is small business-friendly: 68% of its businesses are small businesses, and the city added more than 150 small business employees. Downtown Pottsville is home to many shops and restaurants, including antique shops, jewelry stores, salons, and cafes. Pottsville is also a destination for beer lovers and history buffs: it’s the location of America’s oldest brewery and today’s Yuengling headquarters. (Photo credit:

8. Huntingdon, PA

View of Huntingdon PennsylvaniaHuntingdon, PA comes in at number 8 on our list. This college town (it’s home to Juniata College, as well as DuBois Business College and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College) was named one of America’s Coolest Small Towns in 2009. And, though it has a population of just over 7,000, 70% of its businesses employ 20 people or fewer. Check out for a full list of businesses, both small and large, in the area. (Photo credit: HCAP)

7. Lewisburg, PA

Lewisburg Pennsylvania signNext up? Lewisburg, PA. 65% of businesses in this small town employ 20 people or fewer, and they added more than 100 small business employees. The town’s business district is home to more than 45 independent retailers, plus a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker – no, really! Lewisburg is also home to Bucknell University, and its 19th-century downtown was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6. Sayre, PA

View of Sayre Pennsylvania Sayre, PA comes in at number 6 on our list. The city experienced 3% net small business growth and 5% net small business employee growth, with 65% of Sayre’s businesses employing 20 people or fewer. Though the community developed throughout the 20th century as a hub for ironworks, it’s fast becoming a hub for small business, including shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, professional services and more. (Photo credit: MenuPix)

5. Meadville, PA

Meadville Pennsylvania buildingMeadville, PA starts off our top 5 places for small business in the Northeast. The city’s 2% net small business growth and 2% net small business employee growth make it a great place for anyone looking to start a small business. In addition, 69% of the city’s businesses employ 20 people or fewer. Meadville’s bustling downtown is home to many small businesses, including the Meadville Market House, Pennsylvania’s oldest market house in continual use today. (Photo credit: Britannica)

4. St. Marys, PA

St Marys Pennsylvania signNumber 4 on our list is St. Marys, PA. This Elk County city experienced 3% net small business growth, and a full 68% of its businesses employ 20 people or fewer.Located between the Allegheny National Forest and the Elk State Forest, St. Marys boasts small businesses that range from breweries and restaurants to tech companies and theatres – a full list can be found Link: on the city’s website. (Photo credit: Treasure Lake Resort Homes)

3. Lock Haven, PA

View of Lock Haven PennsylvaniaLocated on the West Branch Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Creek, Lock Haven, PA was once a timber town popular with loggers and boatmen. Now, it’s a haven for small business. Lock Haven experienced 3% net growth and 3% net employee growth at its many small businesses – 69% of the city’s businesses employ 20 or fewer. Fun fact: Lock Haven, which is also home to Lock Haven University, has three sites on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo credit:

2. Ithaca, NY

View of Ithaca New YorkNumber 2 on our list is Ithaca, New York. This college town and tourist destination experienced 2% net small business growth, adding to an already-impressive 70% of businesses that employ 20 or fewer. In addition to renowned waterfalls, gorges, and public forests, Ithaca is home to tons of small businesses, including restaurants, wineries, galleries, entertainment venues and shops – it actually has more restaurants per capita than New York City. (Photo credit: The New York Times)

1. Auburn, NY

Auburn New York buildingThe number 1 place in the Northeast for small business? Auburn, NY. “History’s Hometown” experienced 2% net small business employee growth, adding more than 100 employees to its small businesses. On top of that, a full 70% of the city’s businesses employ 20 people or fewer. In addition to incredible small business growth, this historical city is known for being the home of Harriet Tubman and the birthplace of talking films. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Do you live in any of these small business-friendly places? Tell us about your city or town in the comments!


Abby Perkins is Editor in Chief at Talent Tribune. She writes and edits content for Talent Tribune and its sister sites, from blog posts to interviews to data-driven resources. Abby grew up in Maine and graduated from Davidson College in 2013 with a B.A. in English. When she’s not writing about human resources and technology, she enjoys novels, Netflix marathons, and playing with her dog, Jasper.

Want to contact Abby? Send comments, questions, or pictures of cute animals to abby (at) softwareproviders (dot) com.

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