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United States Small Business Friendliness

2013 Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation

  • 2012
  • 2013

      United States Census Data

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      Survey findings and summary

      Thumbtack, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the results from the second annual Thumbtack Small Business Survey. The study, drawing upon data from over 7,000 small business owners, provides new insights into state and local business environments across the nation.

      "Small businesses are top-of-mind for lawmakers nationwide, but too often their needs are more a matter of conjecture rather than actual evidence," says Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack. "Some 7,000 businesses owners across the country have told us that they care about a lot more than just taxes – for most businesses, simple licensing regulations and helpful training programs are even more important to their success."

      Some of the key findings include:

      "It is critical to the economic health of every city and state to create an entrepreneur-friendly environment," said Dane Stangler, director of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. "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."

      All states