Economic Development Update: Study says North Carolina is best state for starting a business North Carolina is top-ranked for new businesses Entrepreneurs and business owners need look no further than the Tar Heel state to set up shop — North Carolina came out on top in a new study of the best states to start a business. The study, conducted by Fit Small Business, cited the state’s labor market and taxes as driving an ideal environment for business owners. Fit Small Business, out of New York City, says it provides research to help small business owners make wiser decisions. To read Triad Business Journal’s article, click here. To read Fit Small Business’ full article, click here. Exciting news is being announced about new development projects happening in or around Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Click here to access an archive of local news articles, for your reference, regarding these announced projects.