Rick Smith, WRAL TechWire’s editor and a cofounder and author of The Skinny blog.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Two new studies show that the Triangle is one of the country’s biggest hot spots for entrepreneurs – and WRAL TechWire is aiming to help foster the startup sector with its data-packed Triangle Startup Guide.

But we don’t stop there. Check out our extensive calendar package that is published every Monday.

We hope you find this ever-growing package of resources helpful for not only planning your schedule but also building your business and as a way to promote your tech-focused events.

Proof of growth in the region?

Here’s this study from last week that hails Raleigh as the No. 17 fastest growing startup community.

Unfortunately, the analysis doesn’t include Durham-Chapel Hill since that metro doesn’t rank among the nation’s largest metro areas which were the focus on the study.

Study: ‘Booming’ entrepreneurial sector makes Raleigh No. 17 city for startups

Then there is this study that ranks Durham No. 7 and Raleigh No. 8 for startup hubs:

Durham No. 7, Raleigh No. 8, Charlotte No. 6 on best cities to start a business list

We unveiled the Startup Guide just weeks ago and continue to grow it with more data as members of the startup community contribute more information.

Here’s a breakdown on what the guide offers across multiple categories:

  • Accelerators & Mentorship Programs
  • Incubators & Coworking Spaces
  • Competitions, Grants & Other Funding
  • Venture Capital & Angel Groups
  • Communities, Networks & Memberships
  • Free Events & Meetups
  • Inspiration, Advice & Resources
  • Sponsor Resources

Shannon Cuthrell

The Startup Guide, under the guiding hand of Shannon Cuthrell, also continues to generate a lot of positive reaction.

If you’d like your event to be included, feel free to send her an email. (shannoncuthrell@gmail.com)

Other startup, tech ecosystem resources

Our commitment to startups and the tech ecosystem in general also is reflected in our extensive calendar efforts which includes mini-previews of highlighted events across the state as well as an interactive calendar.

While you’re reading TechWire, be sure to check our interactive calendar and our weekly previews of upcoming events published every Monday. The column is split into multiple parts:

And if you are looking to become involved in a Triangle meetup that focuses on areas of interest to you, we work with the City of Raleigh to publish this list every Monday:

Here’s your local meetup guide to 100+ groups in the Triangle

So from calendars to lists to our Startup Guide, WRAL TechWire is focusing on ways to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Oh, by the way, this list doesn’t include our daily news coverage. Last week, more than 80 stories about startups to multinationals in the Triangle, across NC plus news about research, jobs, the economy.

We hope you will continue to read TechWire. Thank you for doing so.