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CS ranks #6 in the nation for business and careers

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COLLEGE STATION- The city of College Station has been ranked in the top 10 for small U.S. cities for business and careers.

"Hospitality of students, everything from A&M really affords us amazing opportunities," Doctor Troy Elms said.

From Aggie business owners like Doctor Elms who opened his own orthodontic practice in '91 to Mike Nugent who just started fitting clients at Brazos Running Co. two weeks ago.

"We're all looking to get back to Aggieland and I had a good reason, so I took advantage of it," Nugent said.

It's a recurring theme in most business owners around College Station: Aggie owned and operated.

Muldoon's Coffee Shop owner Chris Thomas said, "It's a testament to how good the University is, the kind of people it attracts and the businesses that comes here. It's a lot of Aggies that are staying and creating businesses"

So much so that Forbes Magazine has ranked College Station at number 6 in the nation for best small city for business and careers.

Chris Thomas decided to open his coffee shop three years ago and says since he's an Aggie himself customers expect quality service.

"I think you see far more dedication and far more spirit into local businesses that are connected with the community, that you don't get with other schools and larger cities," Thomas said.

In ranking the top small cities Forbes looked at colleges in the area. Making Texas A&M a big part of the town's success.

"Sometimes people think, oh it's a small town they don't have anything to be nationally ranked for," said Kelli Thompson a service coordinator at Elms Orthodontics, "But it shows what a great place it is and how much opportunity there is here."

Opportunities Nugent thought about while he was working in Dallas.

"They were all very encouraging about coming here and they described BCS as it was the hidden gem of Texas," Nugent said.

College Station also ranked at number 1 for small cities in Texas for business and careers.

Forbes' Top 10 Small U.S. Cities for Business and Careers (250,000 pop. or less)

1. Sioux Falls, S.D.

2. Fargo, N.D.

3. Bismarck, N.D.

4. Logan, Utah

5. Manhattan, Kan.

6. College Station, Texas

7. Morgantown, W. Va.

8. Dubuque, Iowa

9. Columbia, Mo.

10. Greenville, N.C.