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State and Local Governments Turning to Entrepreneurs

While states like Indiana and Texas target growth through a zero sum game battle over existing businesses, there are increasing reports of local and state governments that are focusing on entrepreneurial growth.

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Mark Marich
on July 07, 2014
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Survey Suggests Streamlining Regulations Over Cutting Taxes

For each of the past three years, small business owners throughout the United States have been surveyed to assess how 'friendly' their states are toward entrepreneurs and small firms. And each of those three years, Utah, Idaho and Texas have appeared in the top five. Those three states were joined by Virginia and Louisiana in receiving A+ ratings in the latest Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In contrast, small business owners have placed California and Rhode Island in the bottom five each year. Those two states and Illinois were the only ones to receive an "F" this year.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  General 
Utah Most ‘Friendly’ State for Small Business

How friendly is your state to small business owners? Apparently very friendly, if you live in Utah or Texas—and not so friendly if you live in California. Utah took the top honors as the friendliest state to small business while Texas had three of the top five cities in the latest survey from Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation.

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Mark Marich
on April 08, 2013
Category:  General 
Small Businesses Want Simpler Tax Codes, Regulations & Licensing Requirements

U.S. small business owners don’t necessarily think that high taxes are the biggest barrier to their success—but the complexity of the tax code is a different story. The plea for simplification continued into the area of regulations and licensing requirements.

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Mark Marich
on November 05, 2012
Entrepreneurs Gauge States’ Friendliness: Idaho #1

If you are reading this, chances are you have seen any number of surveys and indices that rank the U.S. states according to their climate towards small business and entrepreneurs. Unlike other rankings, a new survey from Thumbtack.com has gone straight to the source. Partnering with the Kauffman Foundation, Thumbtack.com conducted a two-month survey of over 6,000 small business owners nationwide on the friendliness of states towards small business and about small business finances in order to measure states and cities along 21 metrics.

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Mark Marich
on May 21, 2012
Category:  General 
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