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You have a couple of options here. Obviously the first option would be to look outside that radius, but if that is not feasible, you can often ask the company if you can pay a lump sum fee to get released from the noncompete agreement. Generally, noncompete agreements are enforceable and valid as long as they are reasonable. I believe a court would deem your 10 mile and 6 month time frame as very reasonable. You could simply wait the 6 months and do all the preliminary work of establishing the business entity, etc. in that 6 months.