12.23.20164 min read

5 Things You Need to Read: The 2016 Roundup Edition

We spend the whole year rounding things up for readers every Friday, so what better way to end the year than with a semi-meta roundup roundup? Now that we’ve done it for a second year in a row, it’s tradition, right? Of course right.

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2016’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business via @wallethub

Well friends, if you’re looking for the best North American city to start your business in (or move it to), say hello to South Dakota, because Sioux Falls is it. In fact, all of the top five fall in the American midwest: Sioux Falls, SD; Grand Rapids, MI; Oklahoma City, OK; Lincoln, NE; and St, Louis, MO.

Of course, we’re not expecting that you’ll move every year according to the top five.

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But it does mean you can assess the small biz climate of your current city and determine whether there are better options nearby. WalletHub also ranks cities by factors like cheapest office spaces, most educated workforce, and accessibility to financing.

2016’s Best Books for Entrepreneurs via @Inc

Looking to catch up on your entrepreneurial reading from the year? Inc’s list has got you covered, from the inevitable “#AskGaryVee” to the forward-thinking nostalgia of “The Revenge of Analog.”

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It’s a pretty good range of recommended books and will make for some great post-holiday gifts to yourself.

Longform Best of 2015 Business via @longform

If you’re not into the whole brevity thing, Longform is the place for you.

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Check out the year’s best long form pieces of writing. In the Business section is a semi-depressing piece about working in Silicon Valley that’s worth a few minutes, as well as business pieces that skew more big business.

The 24 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs in 2017 via @EntMagazine

The title is pretty explanatory of what you’ll get here: a good list of some of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs.

Not to be all braggy or anything, but they overlooked our podcast, The Small Business Success Podcast, and you could, like, totally check out our podcast or something maybe.

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The 10 Best Apps of 2016 via @FastCompany

Okay, it’s not the most exciting list, and chances are good you’ve heard of or have a majority of the listed apps (I mean, who hasn’t heard of Asana?). But these are pretty great apps, and it’d be far worse for you to miss out than to just read about apps again. ‘Tis a far, far better thing that I write now than I have ever written and all that.

Yup. Dickens would be proud of this roundup.

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