GOBankingRates, a financial company, ranked US states on criteria that included startup opportunities, existing small businesses, business tax climate, among other factors. The results from their research found the top ten states for entrepreneurs. It might be worthwhile to look into each state to see if this is where you want to open up shop. Each of the 10 mentioned have strong culture of entrepreneurship, high numbers of small businesses and a good survival rate. Small business lending is also flush in these states.
The Enterprises TV show recommends aspiring entrepreneurs take a look at these states a little more closely if interested. They offer the best available options for starting a new business and being successful in the long run.