Survey findings and summary
Thumbtack, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released
Georgia's results from the third annual Thumbtack.com
Small Business Friendliness Survey. The study, drawing upon data from over 12,000
small business owners, provides new insights into state and local business
environments across the nation.
"After a two-month survey of thousands of small business owners nationwide,
we have been able to hear directly from small businesses about which cities and states are responding to their needs," says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of
Thumbtack. "Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic
businesses is more important than ever, and Georgia's friendliness towards small business is helping to make that happen."
Some of the key findings for Georgia include:
- Georgia earned a grade of A- for its overall friendliness to small business.
- Georgia has been consistent in the ratings, coming in at number ten for overall friendliness both this year and last year.
- Georgia's regulations earned a B, placing the state 16th in the nation for regulatory friendliness.
- Georgia did best for its environmental regulations, earning an A-, and worst for its licensing rules, which earned a C+.
- Georgia could improve its training and networking programs, which play an important factor in determining perceptions of overall friendliness and received a grade of C by the state's small businesses.
- The top rated states overall were Utah, Idaho, Texas, Virginia and Louisiana. The lowest rated were Rhode Island, Illinois, California, Connecticut and New Jersey.
A copy of the survey's full methodology and analysis paper is available upon
request. Please email Thumbtack's Chief Economist, Jon Lieber, at
firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy
of the paper and with any questions or comments you might have.
Cities in Georgia
Johns Creek, GA
East Point, GA
Peachtree City, GA
Forest Park, GA
Sandy Springs, GA
College Park, GA
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