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Wesley Chapel, Riverview ranked among top 100 most business-friendly small cities

Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce CEO Hope Allen leads a meeting for new members last year. Wesley Chapel was the highest-ranked bay area city in terms of business-friendliness in a WalletHub study released Monday.
[JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce CEO Hope Allen leads a meeting for new members last year. Wesley Chapel was the highest-ranked bay area city in terms of business-friendliness in a WalletHub study released Monday. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

For someone looking to open a business in Tampa Bay, Wesley Chapel and Riverview may be your best bet. A WalletHub study released Monday ranked 1,261 small cities around the country on business-friendliness, placing Wesley Chapel at No. 57 and Riverview at No. 58.

No other bay area locale cracked the top 100.

To be considered "business friendly," the study said, a city with 25,000 to 100,000 residents needs to have a good business environment, access to resources and low business costs. Wesley Chapel clocked in at 212th in terms of business environment, 105th for access to resources and 450th for business costs. Riverview ranked at 238th, 197th and 317th in the same categories.

The 11 Tampa Bay cities on the list were largely better than average in the rankings. They include: Bradenton at No. 114, Largo at No. 142, Plant City at No. 173, Pinellas Park at No. 198, Dunedin at No. 240, Land O' Lakes at No. 249, Valrico at No. 309, Spring Hill at No. 374 and Palm Harbor at No. 516.

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com. Follow @malenacarollo.

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