• Why South Dakota is Top State for Business  Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 8:52 AM ET

    The cost of doing business was one of the key reasons the Mount Rushmore State captured the top ranking as the best state for business, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • America's Top State for Business: South Dakota  Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:46 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn announces the winner of this year's "America's Top States for Business"; and speaks with South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R), about the cost of doing business in his state.

  • Top States For Business: 2nd Place  Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 2:50 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports the second of America's Top States for Business is Texas. Texas is a business powerhouse, and the largest industry there is health care, he says.

  • Best of the Best Top States: Third Place  Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 1:50 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports the economy of North Dakota has boosted the state to third place this year. The state is still one of the worst for technology and innovation.

  • Best of the Best Top States: Fourth Place  Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 11:41 AM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that tax reform has helped place Nebraska as one of the best states for business.

  • Top States Showdown: Tie for Fifth Place  Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 8:45 AM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn explains why Virginia and Utah are well-positioned for business and economic growth.

  • 7th Annual Top States Study  Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | 4:45 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn breaks down the 10 categories he's using to rank this year's top states for business. Cohn shares 1 hint for this year's winner.

  • Best States for Business  Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | 1:48 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn is working to rank all 50 states in 10 categories of competitiveness. A peek inside the study.

  • What It Takes to Become a Top State  Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | 8:46 AM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn crunches the numbers and shares what it takes to become one of the the top 10 states for business.

  • Top States: The Cost of Being Competitive  Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 1:54 PM ET

    How governors have tried to keep states competitive in order to attract businesses, with CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • Top States for Business: Economic Growth  Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 1:58 PM ET

    Forty-nine states had real GDP growth last year, CNBC's Scott Cohn reports.

  • Christie's Plan to Get NJ on Top  Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | 1:54 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn is working on this year's "Top States for Business," and New Jersey's Chris Christie has a plan to get New Jersey on top.

  • Is Wisconsin Still Open for Business?  Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 1:53 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn prepares to kick off 2013's "Top States For Business" tour. This year, we can actually measure the impact of the politicians in each state, he says.

  • Can Texas Stay on Top?  Friday, 7 Jun 2013 | 1:55 PM ET

    In 2012, Texas earned the title of "Top State For Business," but can the state hold to the top spot this year? CNBC's Scott Cohn offers insight on the CNBC competition.

  • How Do We Grade the States?  Friday, 24 May 2013 | 1:55 PM ET

    CNBC annual Top States for Business is coming up. A look at what is measured in comparing states, with CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • Searching For Top States For Business  Friday, 31 May 2013 | 1:54 PM ET

    States use a variety of tactics to lure businesses to their state. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on what it takes to be one of America's top states for business.


  • Scott Cohn develops in-depth features, special reports and documentaries for CNBC and CNBC.com.

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