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Small Businesses Rate Friendliest, Unfriendliest States ~

About Small Business

There are a number of these surveys out annually, this being the second year that the Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack.com have surveyed the businesses using Thumbtack for their opinions about the friendliness of the states and cities in which they operate.

Is this a scientific sampling of all small businesses similar to say a presidential poll during an election year?  Not really, though it appears Kauffman and Thumbtack were careful in how they worked with the data and in the conclusions they drew. 

What is interesting is that respondents range from the self-employed, to the owners and operators of small businesses, to a sampling of mid-sized businesses. (See our post, What is a Small Business? for our definitions.)

The small-business friendliest state in the survey?  Utah.

The least small-business friendly?  Rhode Island.

Missing?  There are nine states from which there were not enough responses to perform a comparitive ranking, nor do the rankings include Wa…