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Six Great Reasons For Your Business To Call Boston Home

Boston is a unique city with a rich history and enormous potential. Starting a business can be hard, and making it thrive can be even harder, but Boston has some advantages that make it a great place to run a business. From its location to its people, it’s hard to find another place that has such potential for great companies to grow. Bostonians love talking about what makes the city so great, especially for business.

Members of the Forbes Boston Business Council weighed in on what makes Boston a great place to do business. If other cities want to start matching the advantages that Boston has, they might consider the following thoughts from these members.

Members share their favorite community service organizations.Photos courtesy of the individual members.

1. Boston Is A Person-To-Person Community

I think Greater Boston is such a great place for business because of the ample opportunities to connect face-to-face with other entrepreneurs, service providers and the community at large. There are dozens of live events and networking opportunities every day. We do business with people and it’s easier when you can put a face to the name and know you’ve spoken to that person live. – Bobbie Carlton, Innovation Women, Innovation Nights, CPRM

2. Boston Is A Gateway To Europe

Of all the places to live and work, Boston has an amazing set of characteristics going for it. It is definitely the other Bay Area in terms of outstanding schools, access to talent and investment and funding opportunities. The other great fact about Boston is its quick access to Europe. You’ll get to London faster than you’ll get to San Francisco! Great spot for managing virtual teams and time zones. – Alex Adamopoulos, Emergn Limited

3. Boston Attracts The Brightest Minds

The universities here produce a steady stream of talented potential hires across the varied technical fields. The city environment, where one wants to and can easily walk, bike or take transit and hit cultural, musical and educational events makes it a place attractive to younger workers. Now we just need to focus on making the housing more affordable! – Rebecca Berry, Finegold Alexander Architects

4. Boston Has A Vibrant Business Ecosystem

The city has a unique mix of diversity of talent and ideas, business acumen and an innovative and ambitious spirit. It is a very nurturing environment with a uniquely supportive culture, fueled by pioneering foundational institutions from our top universities to our government. We have the highest density of top university programs that have educated the best leaders and researchers in the world across sectors and disciplines. Our powerful business environment has an amazing breadth of world-renowned companies across sectors, from technology to health care and education. It’s not by chance that the most innovative companies in the world are either based here, were founded based on research done here or have a very strong employee base here. When it comes to starting a highly successful company, Boston is second to none. – Rudina Seseri, Glasswing Ventures

5. Boston Entrepreneurs Set The Pace

There are many great entrepreneurs who have come before us and pioneered playbooks for building great companies. They’ve developed talent in every area: from sales to marketing to product development and engineering. Boston has a large VC funding community with great investors and capital to build something big. With incredible talent and VC support, Boston is an incredible place to build a company. – Jonah Lopin, Crayon

6. Boston Offers Support For Women Entrepreneurs

Boston has a great community supporting women entrepreneurs. From funding (Golden Seeds) to coaching and networking (SheStarts), Boston-based organizations offer focused connections and resources for business owners to grow and learn. – Debbie Millin, Globalization Partners