Houston was named the third friendliest city for small business in the United States. Texas was also named a top state for small business. The Houston Business Journal’s, Olivia Pulisinelli, reports:
Houston and other Texas markets are some of the country’s top-10 friendliest cities for small businesses, a business-owner survey found.
San Francisco-based Thumbtack.com, which connects small businesses and freelancers to consumers seeking services, partnered with the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation to survey nearly 8,000 business owners nationwide for the second annual Small Business Survey.
Houston earned an overall “A+” in the survey, ranking it the third-friendliest city for small businesses nationwide. Austin took the No. 1 spot, San Antonio ranked No. 5, and Dallas-Fort Worth was No. 7. Virginia Beach, Vir., and Colorado Springs, Colo., rounded out the top five spots.
Houston scored an “A” for ease of starting a business, an “A-” for both ease of hiring and regulations, and a “B+” for training and networking programs. Within the regulations category, Houston received its best score — an “A+” — for health and safety and its worst — a “B” — for licensing.
Texas also was named a top state for small business, with an “A” overall. It earned an “A” or “A+” in all but one category — it received an “A-” in training and networking programs.
In addition to Texas, Utah, Alabama, New Hampshire and Idaho were the friendliest states for small businesses, the Business Journals’ Washington Bureau reports. Hawaii, Maine, Rhode Island, California and Illinois were the least friendly.
Houston Business Journal