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More than three quarters of operations have 10 or fewer employees with nearly half run by individuals or families, without employees, based on 2010 statistics.

That’s an unbelievable amount of time, thought, energy and work going on, generating millions of dollars in economic activity for the rural/ small urban county.

Entrepreneurs have identified opportunities in almost every sector of life and commerce and are using their own skills, innovation, business acumen and work ethic to create businesses to meet those needs.

Whether it’s supplying website and marketing needs, developing sophisticated tests to help diagnose illness, creating a healthier ice cream or providing high-tech solutions for companies and governments needing door solutions, Middlesex County truly has it all.

Why do business owners and entrepreneurs like operating in the County? There are many reasons including lower land and utility costs, a highly efficient municipal administration that limits red tape, and access to major transportation infrastructure.

Quality of life is also important. A less hectic pace, shorter commutes, lakes, rivers, abundant parkland, trails and greenery make the County a desirable place to live and work.

Entrepreneurs and large corporations alike point to the work ethic and skill sets inherent in the predominantly rural workforce in Middlesex County. High rates of retention, loyalty and great technical skills – all have been cited as being exceptional qualities of the region’s workforce.