had three cities — Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin and San Antonio — rank among
the top four friendliest for small businesses in a new poll by Thumbtack.com and
the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
For the eighth year in a row, CEOs rated
as the top state for businesses, according to Chief Executive magazine’s annual
Best & Worst States Survey.
Rankings were compiled based on a number of factors, including regulations, tax policies, workforce quality, educational resources, quality of living and infrastructure.
Texas earned an A-plus in the poll, which
graded cities and states on a number of factors, including ease of starting a
business, hiring costs, government regulations and training
The ranking comes after last week's Best & Worst States Survey by Chief Executive Magazine, which gave
the top spot for its business climate.
"Although Texas and Idaho clearly come out on top as the nation's friendliest states towards small business, entrepreneurs value a lot more than just low tax rates," said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. "Easy-to-understand licensing regulations and well-publicized training programs are critical tools necessary to support small business."
On the flip side, CEOs rated
California as the worst
state for business due to its high state taxes and overly stringent
regulations, which is driving investment, companies and jobs to other states.
According to Spectrum Locations Consultants, 254 California companies moved at least some of
their work and jobs out of state in 2011 – five times as many as in 2009 and a
26 percent increase from last year.
Small business owners also gave
Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island an F, while New York,
each scored a D.
The research was based on surveys of more than 6,000 small businesses & 650 CEOs across the