Atlanta Ranked #5: Powerful Indicator for Atlanta Small Business
The Kaufman Foundation and Thumbtack.com recently surveyed over 6,000 small business across the U.S. to determine a particular city or state’s appeal to businesses. Georgia received a grade of "A" – placing it among the top states in the Southeast, and No. 6 among the other states in the survey.
"Asking entrepreneurs to rank state friendliness to their businesses is a powerful resource for helping policymakers understand the needs of business owners and for helping aspiring founders understand the full dimensions of their business environment," said Dane Stangler, director of research at the Kauffman Foundation.
The survey asked questions about the friendliness of states towards small business and about small business finances in order to measure states and cities along 21 metrics – including ease of starting a business, regulations, training programs, and current economic health.
"Six thousand small business owners have told an unusually nuanced story about what they value in their local government," said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. Such a high ranking is encouraging to looking to start an Atlanta small business – as Georgia also received an "A" rating in "Ease of Starting a Business" – one of several factors to determine Georgia Small Business Friendliness.
The full study is available here.
What are your thoughts on Georgia's friendliness to small businesses? As an Atlanta small business owner do the results from this study reflect your reality? We'd love to hear what you think.