So Forbes recently ranked Dallas as one of the best markets in the country for starting a business. The seventh-best, to be exact. Said they of our fair city:
The northern Texas city gets consistently good marks across all categories. Its small businesses, while not as well-liked as others on our list, are likely to fall in high-growth industries and adopt social media. With nearly half of its businesses employing less than 50 people, Dallas also boasts a relatively large small business community.
That’s all good and fine. But we’re here to discuss their choice of photo in representing Dallas as a vibrant home to entrepreneurship: A row of western boots.
Let’s see how this compares to the art used for the remainder of the top 12:
- San Diego: an image of the city’s fun and funky downtown.
- Denver: a parkour enthusiast leaping among the city’s skyscrapers.
- Austin: a speaker holding forth at SXSW Interactive.
- Seattle: a view of Puget Sound from the city’s famed Public Market.
- Portland: a pretty, waifish girl bike shopping.
- San Francisco: the city’s gorgeous skyline and view of the bay.
- Dallas: Boots
- Boston: Rows of tightly-packed housing
- New York: A hipster-run taco joint.
- Chicago: a cool-cat advertising agency
- Las Vegas: A vomitous mass of American iconography consumed and regurgitated back onto the Strip.
- San Jose: A young nonprofit founder mentoring other young attractive entrepreneurs.
Judging purely on the photos, then, where do you want to start a business? I think we only top Boston, maybe.