Survey findings and summary
Thumbtack has released
Santa Rosa'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,
Santa Rosa emerges close to 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 Santa Rosa has a ways to go before it achieves this ideal."
Some of the key findings for Santa Rosa include:
- Santa Rosa earned a grade of D for its overall friendliness to small business.
- Small business owners gave Santa Rose an F grade for the friendliness of its regulations, one of the worst grades in the country.
- Santa Rosa small businesses rated the city last in the country for the friendliness of its labor laws, ease of tax compliance, and helpfulness of government websites.
- 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.