Survey findings and summary
Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the new results from the second annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey. The 2013 study draws upon data from over 7,000 small business owners nationwide and shows that Michigan's performance was almost identical that of 2012, again earning a 'D' for overall small business-friendliness.
Some of the key findings for Michigan include:
- Small businesses were critical of Michigan's regulatory systems, awarding the state a 'C-' for its licensing and permitting requirements and a 'D' grade for its zoning regulations.
- Michigan earned a 'B' grade for its small business training and networking programs. Michigan's small businesses also reported higher than average hiring plans for 2013, particularly important given the state's continued struggle with high unemployment.
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