In a ranking report presented by Ascent, North Carolina toppled the competition by being named the #1 best state in the U.S. to start a business. Ten different metrics were used to determine the overall rankings, with each category weighted by importance to a small business. The report found that workforce, infrastructure and economy were top of the priority list for business owners across the nation. North Carolina delivered by taking the top weighted score in economy as well as access to capital. Read full report here.