Virginia scored No. 1 when it comes to top states in the U.S. to do business, according to a 2011 study by CNBC. Catapulting the state to the top were reasons such as a friendly business climate, diverse economy, low cost of doing business and increased efforts to improve education. Recent graduates of MBA schools in Virginia could find this news promising and begin to look for ways to use their skills in the state. Additionally, graduates could seek employment with any of the 20 Fortune 500 companies located in Virginia or with some of the state's largest employers. These large employers include the Heart & Vascular Institute and University of Virginia Neurological Surgery. Just think of the benefits to a professional who graduated from a health administration or management MBA program in Virginia.
Norfolk, Richmond and Virginia Beach Offer Opportunities for Virginia MBA Graduates
Richmond, the state capital, is home to five of the state's Fortune 500 businesses. These include insurance bigwig Genworth Financial and utilities provider Dominion Resources. The unemployment rate in Richmond is 7.1 percent. Another location where graduates of business schools in Virginia could look for job leads is in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area. Two Fortune 500 companies are located there and include health care provider Amerigroup and railroad Norfolk Southern. The unemployment rate in the area is 7.0 percent. Graduates of MBA programs in Virginia could find a number of ways to put their skills to work, especially in cities where successful businesses are already located.