Survey findings and summary
Thumbtack has released
Riverside's results from the fourth 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,
Riverside rates as one of the least friendly environments for small business in the country," says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of
Thumbtack. "Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic
businesses is more important than ever, and Riverside has a ways to go towards this goal."
Some of the key findings for Riverside include:
- Riverside earned a grade of D for its overall friendliness to small business.
- Riverside stood out for earning an F grade for the friendliness of its environmental regulations and an F grade for its training and networking programs.
- Riverside small business owners were some of the most pessimistic in the country about the state of the local and national economy.
- All cities in California - except Oakland - rated poorly: Oakland (B-), San Francisco (C-), Anaheim (D+), San Jose (D+), Santa Rosa (D), Riverside (D), Los Angeles (D), Oxnard (F), San Diego (F), and Sacramento was named the least friendly city in the country, earning an F.
- California earned an F grade for its friendliness towards small business, and was the third least friendly state in the country.
- The top rated cities overall were Colorado Springs, Boise, Houston, Austin, and Louisville. The lowest rated were Sacramento, Providence, Buffalo, Bridgeport, and San Diego.
A copy of the survey's full methodology and analysis paper is available upon
request. Please email Thumbtack's Chief Economist, Jon Lieber, at
email@example.com for a copy
of the paper and with any questions or comments you might have.