Once again, Texansunited.com is proud to announce that Texas remains one of the top two friendliest places to launch a small business. According to *Thumbtack.com, 6,022 small entrepreneurs and job creators report that it is Idaho and Texas who welcome small businesses into their states, and it is California, Vermont, and Rhode Island who rank beneath the welcome wagon.
The survey included questions about six different measures of a state’s friendliness to small businesses:
1. Ease of starting a business
2. Hiring costs
4. Training programs
5. Networking programs
6. Current economic health
“The best cities in the survey frequently had two things in common: easy-to-understand professional licensing regulations and well-publicized training programs,” said Thumbtack co-founder Sander Daniels. “In fact, businesses cared almost twice as much about licensing regulations as they did about tax-related rates and regulations.”
“This was also clear in the city rankings. For example, even though small businesses in Oklahoma City weren’t the most robust in the nation, the area’s simple professional licensing regulations and well-publicized training programs launched the city into the top spot nationwide. Ditto for Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Atlanta. (Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento were at the bottom.)”
According to the report, the South was the friendliest region (to small businesses) in the country while New England was the least friendly, but then, did any of you expect anything else? When it comes to friendly, we know how to do it here in Texas, don’t we?
*Thumbtack.com is an online marketplace for local services, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.