Midmarket Companies Rank Utah, Idaho as Friendliest to Business
Businesses in Colorado Springs, Boise and Houston gave their cities the highest ratings, while Sacramento and Providence were the worst performing.Small business owners in Utah, Idaho, Texas, Virginia and Louisiana gave their states the highest rating for friendliness to small businesses, according to the third annual Small Business Friendliness Survey, conducted by consumer services specialist Thumbtack, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Small businesses in Colorado Springs, Boise and Houston gave their cities the highest ratings, while Sacramento, Providence and Buffalo were the survey’s worst performing cities as rated by their small business owners. Perhaps unsurprisingly, two of the states where those three cities are located—California and Rhode Island—received an overall "F" grade, along with Illinois. New Jersey and Connecticut didn’t fare much better, pulling a lowly "D" grade. "It is critical to the economic health of every city and state to create an entrepreneur-friendly environment," Dane Stangler, vice president of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation, said in a statement. "Policymakers put themselves in the best position to encourage sustainable growth and long-term prosperity by listening to the voices of small business owners themselves."
Small businesses in Texas, Utah and Idaho have rated their states in the top five every year this survey has run, while California and Rhode Island have been rated in the bottom five every year. Kentucky’s grade was this year’s most improved, jumping from a B- to an A.