Survey findings and summary
Thumbtack has released
San Francisco'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,
San Francisco comes out towards the back of the pack for its friendliness to small business," says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of
Thumbtack. "Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic
businesses is more important than ever, and while San Francisco's economy continues to boom, small businesses say the city could do more for them."
Some of the key findings for San Francisco include:
- San Francisco earned a grade of C- for its overall friendliness to small business.
- San Francisco earned a grade of D+ for the friendliness of its regulations, one of the worst grades in the country.
- San Francisco business owners were among the most optimistic in the country, rating 10th in expectations of hiring over the next 12 months, and having the 12th brightest view of their local economy and the national economy.
- All cities in California - except Oakland - rated poorly: Oakland (B-), 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
firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy
of the paper and with any questions or comments you might have.