June 21, 2012

Texas is a top state for small business, according to survey

by Jaimie Siegle | Advertising Systems Inc.

Not everything may be bigger in Texas, but the love for small business is, Inc. reported Thursday.

According to a survey conducted by and the Kauffman Foundation, Texas received almost all A’s in categories that ranked states for overall friendliness toward small businesses. (After all, the word “Texas” does mean “friends!”)

About 6,000 U.S. small business owners rated their cities in several categories, ranging from economic climate to other factors the (sometimes thin) bottom line of small businesses. Along with Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Utah, rank among the “friendliest for small companies.” California posted failing grades for most categories.

Survey data showed that Texas made A’s in specific categories such as “friendliness of licensing regulations” and “ease of starting a small business.” The city of Houston received A and B grades in all categories and ranked in the top 10 cities for friendliness of tax code, health & safety regulations, and overall regulatory friendliness.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex also received high grades, with the exception of D marks for its lack of publicity of networking and training programs.

If you’re a Texan small business owner, do you agree with the survey results? Let us know in the comments.

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