This is a republication of Entrepreneurship Minor student Ann Johnston's article in the Raleigh News & Observer.
I’m from the Triangle. Born, raised, educated and employed. I love it. Maybe it’s the Carolina skies. Maybe it’s the basketball, maybe it’s the people drawn here by world-class universities and RTP. Maybe it’s that gas is too expensive for me to leave…
The area has many attributes, but for me, one tops them all: the thriving startup and small business communities.
I’ve operated a Durham-based business for four years, but this summer, while developing a new company called Local-Ventures, I experienced the business ecosystem like never before. Local-Ventures is a startup, and its mission involves creating relationships between local businesses. So I spent the summer surrounded by those who help keep the Triangle consistently ranked on top 10 lists for business, growth and innovation. Here are a few of those individuals and organizations. The list isn’t comprehensive or authoritative – it’s a selection from my experience.