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Old 03-06-2006, 11:50 AM   #26
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I dunno..I've been to NJ a few times...I've seen some super nice areas, and I've seen some scray-ass gehtto areas....the nice places looked OK!
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:51 AM   #27
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I dunno..I've been to NJ a few times...I've seen some super nice areas, and I've seen some scray-ass gehtto areas....the nice places looked OK!
Yep, that's NJ. One minute you're walking through McMansionville, and then three blocks away is ghettoberg.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:52 AM   #28
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Heh, actually, Saturday night I was leaving a friend's townhouse with my wife, down in Lawrenceville. Took the wrong exit off a circle and we were heading right into Trenton at around 2am.

We turned around rather quickly.

Still, there are plenty of great cities, plus you have all the shipping ports and airports for your business.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:53 AM   #29
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If you're looking for multicultural, etc, you will need to move to a sizable city; take a look at Boston, Seattle or Chicago if you think New York or LA is too big. If you expect to be very profitable, there's also San Francisco. Denver's nice, but it's already too full of people living in flimsy developments that sprawl across the prarie like moss. They're having water shortages, too.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:53 AM   #30
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I dunno..I've been to NJ a few times...I've seen some super nice areas, and I've seen some scray-ass gehtto areas....the nice places looked OK!
There is a significant price to pay to get your ass out of the scary-ass ghetto areas. Believe me you don't want to be in NJ.

Honestly though you're going to get 40 different answers to your post regarding which state to move to. Do some research on taxes and cost of living. Picking one state over another could make a world of difference to your profit margin. Some states are more small-business friendly than other. Nevada comes to mind. Other states make it very difficult to operate a successful small business because of the taxes. That should be how you're picking your location, whichever state lets you make more $$$$$$$$$$$$.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:55 AM   #31
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considering you import DJ equipment and it most likely comes out of the far east. Move somewhere on the west coast to say money on shipping. You can ship 20' containers from China to the west coast for just a few hundred bucks
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:55 AM   #32
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Philadelphia is a pretty cool city...Decent nightlife, great historical downtown, lots of theaters and museums. Very conveniently located - hour drive to the shore and the Atlantic City casinos, hour to the mountains, hour to NYC, 2 hours to Baltimore, and about 3 to Washington. Cost of living in Philadelphia is low, probably one of the cheapest major metropolises in the US.

Also, as StriderTB said, Central NJ is a pretty good place too.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:55 AM   #33
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How so? I live in Plainsboro, and it's not that expensive, relative to places like Princeton or Hoboken, and it's typical middle class suburbia for miles and miles. Trenton is the only ghetto area around there, and that's only in certain parts anyway.

Good italian restaurants in the 'burg.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:57 AM   #34
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Look at Pittsburgh. You're not going to get the culture you are looking for, but it's a decent sized city with a lot of plusses and I'm sure it would be a heck of a lot cheaper than Philly or any city on the coast.
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Seriously, you're probably better off basing your decision on criteria specific to your business. What volume of goods do you deal in. Do you get containers primarily or is it more like Fedex/UPS type shipping? In NH for example we have the Pease Tradeport. It's a commercial airport + warehouse/commercial area. A lot of stuff imported from europe goes through Pease (Lindt chocolates for example). I'm sure that there are other similar air cargo airports in other parts of the country. Now if the stuff you're getting is containerized somplace near a seaport would probably be a better deal.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:59 AM   #36
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he said he wants a multicultural city....therefore Denver and Salt Lake...although ok places...are def. out, they are probably the 2 most whitebread-lack-of-diversity cities in the US.

Although by principle i hate texas...what about Austin? would the huge music scene be an advantage? and Austin is not really as bad as the rest of that god awful state.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:01 PM   #37
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Huntsville, AL is home to one of the largest high tech/research hubs in the nation. And get this, we have one of the highest per-capita income/lowest cost of living areas in the southeast. That makes for a really nice place to live.
Minimal traffic, good schools, nice people, etc. etc.

I moved here from Atlanta in 2002, and I really fell in love with the place. And if you are trying to get away from the cold Canadian winters... this will definitely fill that requirement.

Night life isn't too bad, but does lack a bit. But Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta, and New Orleans are not out of reach for a nice weekend.

Did I say it is really cheap to live here?
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he said he wants a multicultural city....therefore Denver and Salt Lake...although ok places...are def. out, they are probably the 2 most whitebread-lack-of-diversity cities in the US.

Although by principle i hate texas...what about Austin? would the huge music scene be an advantage? and Austin is not really as bad as the rest of that god awful state.
dont I need to buy a gun if I move to TX?
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:01 PM   #39
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There's no reason to destroy his profit margin by living in one of the mose expensive states in the country and paying NJ rent/mortgage and car insurance.
Exactly. You want to live & setup business in a state that has favorable or easy to deal with tax laws in regards to small business operations.

Geography is important as well, as shipping & freight costs could become an issue if you're moving products cross-country all the time.

Someone mentioned Chicago- I'd certainly check out the business & tax laws there.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:03 PM   #40
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he said he wants a multicultural city....therefore Denver and Salt Lake...although ok places...are def. out, they are probably the 2 most whitebread-lack-of-diversity cities in the US.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:04 PM   #41
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well, as an importer, it doesnt really matter where I am....I import to my warehouse, and then ship out to retail stores across the US. I guess it would make more sense to stick near the east coast, since the stuff comes from Europe...so flying/shipping the stuff in would be a little cheaper.
Well, the more you tell, the more it looks like Miami might be your place. Warm weather, plenty of multi cultural events/people, lots of seasonal Quebeci, huge shipping port, no state taxes, and don't-have-to-retreat-shooting laws
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:04 PM   #42
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If I'm gonna move, its gonna be to GET AWAY from the climate that I'm used to!
come to Atlanta!

very multicultural, big music town (good for you business, I'd guess), tons of clubs, bars, etc (again, good for your business), but it's not oiverwhelmingly HUGE like NYC or LA...

Just stay in the buckhead/dunwoody/emory area for intown, or the Alphretta/Roswell/Smyrna/Marietta area, or the Gwinnett area and it's GREAT.

Great climate, and pretty cheap cost of living too.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:09 PM   #43
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Well, the more you tell, the more it looks like Miami might be your place. Warm weather, plenty of multi cultural events/people, lots of seasonal Quebeci, huge shipping port, no state taxes, and don't-have-to-retreat-shooting laws
yeahhhh...Miami does sound nice...didnt know about the no state taxes!

I've been there a few times...my rents have a condo in Ft. Lauderdale, so I'm semi-familiar with the area. But I'm sure Miami is $$$...no?
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C'mon down to Baltimore Hon!!
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But I'm sure Miami is $$$...no?
Depends on where you want to settle. Sobe, hell yes. Otherside of the canal, not too bad.
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I wouldnt worry about white trashy as much as black ghetto
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yeahhhh...Miami does sound nice...didnt know about the no state taxes!

I've been there a few times...my rents have a condo in Ft. Lauderdale, so I'm semi-familiar with the area. But I'm sure Miami is $$$...no?
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Raleigh!

We've got more Ph.D's per capita than anywhere (teh sm4rt!).

We've got music (Chapel Hill, major concert venues).

We've got good weather (65 and sunny yesterday).

We've got a relatively low cost of living (median home price in the low-mid-200's)

We've got hockey (championship caliber hockey).

We've got other Canadians (Royal Bank of Canada - U.S. HQ --> Raleigh).
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