Best cities for small business in America: Survey

Looking for a great place to start a business?

Then check out California's Riverside-San Bernardino metro area. It emerged as the best small-business city in America in an annual ranking conducted by Biz2Credit, a leading online lending platform for small business based in New York City.

The area, often dubbed the "inland empire," situated directly east of Los Angeles with a population of more than 4 million, is becoming a haven for entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, San Jose, which topped the list last year, plunged to No. 18. Although the city in Silicon Valley is still a hotbed of technological innovation, the high cost of doing business there has hurt its ranking.