Survey findings and summary

Thumbtack, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released Houston'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, Houston has emerged as the number 3 best city in the country for small businesses - and the best in Texas," says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack. "Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and small businesses tell us they love Houston for the friendliness of its regulations, the ease of starting a business and the ease of hiring new employees."

Some of the key findings for Houston include:

A copy of the survey's full methodology and analysis paper is available upon request. Please email Thumbtack's Chief Economist, Jon Lieber, at jon.lieber@thumbtack.com for a copy of the paper and with any questions or comments you might have.

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