The top entrepreneurial small city in the U.S. in 2003 is…

Fairfield, Iowa.

Fairfield is the 2003 winner of the Grassroots Entrepreneurship Award by the National Center for Small Communities. Why? Fairfield businesses have created 2000 jobs in the past 15 years – pretty impressive when your population is just over 9000.

In 1989, the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association (FEA) to focus on economic gardening. In a nutshell, the FEA not only “got it”, they ran with it.

What makes Fairfield so attractive to more than 40 fast-growing companies and their entrepreneurial founders?

See tomorrow’s blog to find out.

Image: You can even order the Fairfield artwork here.

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