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The Midwest - Starting and Growing a Business

While the Midwest is sometimes referred to as "the rust belt,” the region remains a national powerhouse in manufacturing. The National Association of Manufacturing found that 31 percent of manufacturing jobs in this nation are located within MGA states and 28 percent of manufacturing's contribution to GDP is from the region.

No matter what type of business you are looking to grow or create - you will be among highly successful and performing companies that already call the Midwest home. In the 2015 survey of Fortune 500 companies, 127 companies are headquartered in the Midwest.

States are continuing efforts to actively engage companies to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners. Click here to access this resource. The MGA has also compiled a list of business competitions in states, the region and nationally. Click  here to visit this site.