Small Businesses Rate Idaho and Texas Friendliest States, California and New York Among Least Friendly, According to Thumbtack.com Survey

Release Date: 5/08/2012

Small Businesses Rate Idaho and Texas Friendliest States,
California and New York Among Least Friendly,
According to Thumbtack.com Survey

Oklahoma City and Dallas-Ft. Worth most business-friendly cities

San Francisco, CA, May 8, 2012: Today Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, released new data showing that Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah all earned A+'s for their friendliness towards small businesses.  In contrast, small business owners gave California, Hawaii, Vermont, and Rhode Island an F, while New York narrowly avoided this lowest category with a D grade.  Top performing cities included Oklahoma City, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio.  

There are a lot of "business climate rankings," but there aren’t any that draw upon considerable data from small business owners themselves. The Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey is the only survey to draw data from an extensive, nationwide universe of job creators and entrepreneurs themselves in order to investigate the best places in the country to do business.

"Six thousand small business owners have told an unusually nuanced story about what they value in their local government," said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. "Although Texas and Idaho clearly come out on top as the nation's friendliest states towards small business, entrepreneurs value a lot more than just low tax rates. Easy-to-understand licensing regulations and well-publicized training programs are critical tools necessary to support small business."

Some of the survey's key findings include:

  • Texas had three of the top five cities (Dallas-Fort WorthSan Antonio and Austin), while California was home to the bottom three (Los AngelesSan Diego and Sacramento).
  • Small businesses said licensing requirements were nearly twice as important as tax rates in determining overall business-friendliness.
  • An important predictor of small business friendliness was whether small business owners are aware of the state or local government offering training programs for small businesses.

"Asking entrepreneurs to rank state friendliness to their businesses is a powerful resource for helping policymakers understand the needs of business owners and for helping aspiring founders understand the full dimensions of their business environment," said Dane Stangler, director of research at the Kauffman Foundation.

The full results can be seen at www.thumbtack.com/survey.

Thumbtack.com surveyed 6,022 small businesses across the United States. The survey asked questions about the friendliness of states towards small business and about small business finances in order to measure states and cities along 21 metrics. Read more about the methodology used in the survey   

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