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 small business owners rated Austin the top city in the nation. The city earned high marks from small business owners for its business-friendly regulations and its excellent training programs.
Some of the key findings for Austin include:
- Austin was rated the nation's most small business-friendly city. It also earned an 'A+' grade for the quality and availability of its training and networking programs for small businesses. The city was ranked the 2nd easiest city in which to start a business, behind only Virginia Beach.
- In addition to earning an 'A' from small businesses, Texas was home to four of the top ten US cities: Austin (#1), Houston (#3), San Antonio (#5) and Dallas-Ft. Worth (#7). The state also ranked 7th in the nation for the quality of its online business resources.
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