Oklahoma City, Dallas Best Cities for Small Businesses
Oklahoma City was the nation's most friendly city toward small businesses. It earned top rankings in nine different categories, including ease of starting a business and training programs for small businesses.Photo credit: Urbanative
Dallas-Fort Worth was ranked the second-easiest city nationwide in which to start a business, and received high rankings across several categories, including its tax code and zoning, and environmental regulations.Photo credit: Dallasborn&bred
Despite the high praise from San Antonio's small-business owners for its tax code and training programs, it did rank among the more pessimistic about their economic prospects over the coming year. Photo credit: Ken Kinder
Earning seven top 5 finishes across a variety of categories for its friendliness toward small business, Austin cleaned up for its health and safety codes, ease of starting a business, and its tax and zoning codes. Photo credit: LoneStarMike
The city earned an A-plus for its networking programs, and its small-business owners were also the nation's fifth-most-optimistic about their economic prospects for 2012.Photo credit: tandemracer
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Nabbing the top ranking for the friendliness of its environmental regulations, the city also earned an A-plus for ease of starting a small business. Photo credit: Postoak
Omaha's small businesses are the fastest-growing nationwide and the most optimistic about their economic future and gave their city an A-plus for its training programs. Photo credit: Ron Reiring
Salt Lake City
The city did well across the board, earning a solid A for overall friendliness, and never receiving worse than a C-minus gradefor employment labor and hiring policies.
Houston also earned an A for its training programs (in comparison with Dallas' D grade) and an A-plus for the friendliness of its zoning ordinances. Photo credit: Eflon
Despite ranking among the nation's most troubled financially, small-business owners in Sin City were also among the most optimistic about their prospects during the coming year. They must like their odds.