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Calling all entrepreneurs! Welcome to the Treasure Coast! If you picture Florida, images of palm trees, beaches, fine dining and world-class shopping might very well come to mind. Indeed, those attractions, and temperatures averaging 60-81 degrees, help the state draw nearly 100 million tourists a year, according to Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organization.

Those tourists undoubtedly support the state’s local retailers and restaurants, but Florida’s economy is more diverse. Key industries include aviation and aerospace, life sciences, manufacturing, defense, information technology, financial services, logistics, trade and clean technology. Additionally, major corporations, including Office Depot, Publix Super Markets and Carnival Cruise Line, are based in Florida. Making it an entrepreneurs paradise!

Business growth

There are nearly 2.2 million small businesses in Florida, most of which are sole proprietorships, or businesses without employees, according to a 2015 state profile by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small-business loans in the state under the SBA’s 7(a) program grew 38% from 2014 to 2015, from $620 million to $854 million from October to May, the Sun Sentinel recently reported.

Key takeaways

Small cities thrive. Size doesn’t necessarily matter when it comes to a place’s ability to attract businesses. All of the places on our top 10 list have populations less than 50,000, and eight of our top 10 cities have populations under 20,000. However, most places on our list are near large cities — like Miami and Orlando — which gives businesses in those places access to larger workforces, more customers and small-business resources.

About 40 miles north of West Palm Beach, Stuart is a small port city on the St. Lucie River. Its historic downtown hosts year-round community events and is lined with over 50 locally-owned businesses.

With so much room for growth and opportunity in the area, Harbour Ridge has created the perfect lock-and-leave, carefree lifestyle, perfectly suited for today’s entrepreneur.

Harbour Ridge is located just outside of Stuart voted “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living magazine. The wide, waterfront living on the scenic North Fork of the St. Lucie River makes Harbour Ridge a real estate opportunity waiting to be found. This exclusive, gated community offers a lifestyle that comes around once in a lifetime, and with select properties available, this piece of paradise is much closer than you think

As a resident, you’ll enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle that features the best of everything you love most, including three marinas with a combined 98 slips, two 18-hole championship golf courses and one of the finest tennis facilities on Florida’s east coast.

Stop by the waterfront clubhouse, where you can enjoy a five-star meal or one that is comfortable and casual outdoors. You’ll also find a kayak launch, golf shop, a well-stocked library, a sweeping terrace and outdoor sports bar with dramatic views of the river and, with the recent opening of the Lifestyle Spa, Fitness and Tennis Center, you’ll have even more places to enjoy each and every day. Here, you’ll find a refreshing pool and sun deck, a full-service spa and salon and a new, state-of-the-art fitness center. The nearby dog park is a popular gathering place for residents.

No matter where your passions lie, at Harbour Ridge, you’ll find a packed social calendar and the warmth of a fun and friendly community. Click here to learn more about Harbour Ridge, the premier waterfront and lifestyle community on Florida’s treasure coast.