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The best and worst small businesses to start in 2013

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Landscaping and pest control land at 10 on the list.

Washington Post | December 28, 2012

The past year brought continued financial woes for small businesses across a wide array of industries — but not all of them. In a select few sectors, business is booming and sales expectations are soaring heading into 2013.

Small agricultural companies and heavy-duty manufacturers are primed for some of the most rapid growth in the coming months, according to a new report from Sageworks based on financial data from thousands of firms with annual revenue below $10 million. Oil and grain producers, cattle ranchers, architectural and structural metal manufacturers and industrial machinery producers were among the fastest-growing small business sectors this past year (with employment services firms rounding out the top five), and each of them are expected to continue enjoying higher sales next year.

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