When it comes to rating one’s own state in small business-friendliness, Louisiana business owners ranks themselves among the top tier.
In lieu of using metrics often associated with political ideologies, a new report compiled by consumer service website Thumbtack.com asked small business owners their perception of the business environment in their own states and metropolitan areas.
Small business owners in Louisiana ranked the state the 5th most small business-friendly state overall, achieving a grade “A.” The Pelican State ranked first in ease of hiring, 15th in starting a business and 7th in overall regulations.
However, Louisiana ranked among the lower part of the pack—22nd—for training and networking out of the 38 states included in the survey.
Utah small business owners gave their state the highest rating achieving high marks across all categories. Utah ranked second in starting a business, 3rd in ease of hiring and overall regulations, and 14th in training and networking.
Rhode Island, Illinois and California were at the bottom of the list, “three states that tend to have higher operating costs,” Governing.com says about the states.
Thumbtack.com partnered with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for the report and surveyed more than 12,000 small businesses in 38 states over a two-month period ending in late January 2014.
The organizations calculated each state’s average score based on responses to questions assessing business friendliness in several categories including small business owners’ attitudes regarding the ease of starting a new business, hiring employees, available training programs and regulations.
See results of all 38 states surveyed at Governing.com.
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Renita D. Young is a business reporter based in Baton Rouge. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504.352.2548. You can also keep up with all of her local updates on Twitter @RenitaDYoung and through NOLA.com Baton Rouge on Facebook.
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