We hear a lot about this, but it is real. Here in New England, the woods (metaphorically) are fully of smart, creative, lively people. You see it in the visual arts, music and fundamental craftsmanship. Today, CNN reports that 4 of the 6 New England states rank (per capita) in the ten states with the most patent activity in 2011. I see it every day, and believe it. Sure California, Washington State and Oregon are on the list. But Vermont? Yes. New Hampshire? As well. Maine actually fairs poorly, despite State-financed resources for inventors. Maybe it is time to do some bench marking. None of these states show particularly well in the overall “entrepreneurship” rankings. But, it’s a start.