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Wisconsin is best-in-the-midwest for small business longevity

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin leads the Midwest in the percentage of new businesses that survive for at least ten years. The U-S Small Business Administration said 41-percent of companies which opened in 2002 in the Badger State were still around a decade later. That's 6.5-percent more than the national average -- and it's at least ten percent higher than larger states like New Jersey and Florida.

However, Wisconsin falls short in its actual numbers of business start-ups. As a percentage of population, the Badger State has ranked near the bottom in new start-ups in 2002, '07, and 2010. Wisconsin was dead last in 2002, with 157 new firms opening for every 100,000 state residents. Washington D-C had the most that year with 410.