Survey findings and summary
Thumbtack has released
Connecticut'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,
Connecticut's small businesses have told us it is one of the least friendly states in the nation," says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of
Thumbtack. "Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic
businesses is more important than ever, and Connecticut's small businesses do not think the state has been doing a good job."
Some of the key findings for Connecticut include:
- Connecticut received a D for its friendliness towards small business, one of the worst grades in the country.
- Connecticut received the worst grade in the nation for its regulatory friendliness.
- The state rated in last place for its health and safety, licensing, environmental regulations, and zoning laws.
- Small businesses in Connecticut had the second worst outlook for the national economy of any state.
- Female entrepreneurs in Connecticut rated the friendliness of their state government 9 percent higher than their male counterparts.
- The top rated states overall were Utah, Idaho, Texas, Virginia and Louisiana. The lowest rated were Rhode Island, Illinois, California, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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.
Cities in Connecticut
New Britain, CT
New Haven, CT
New London, CT
West Haven, CT