In a recent nationwide survey Atlanta ranked No. 5 in small business friendliness, with Georgia finishing one spot behind, No. 6.
The nationwide survey, conducted by thumbtack.com in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, ranked Atlanta as No. 5 out of 40 cities in “small business friendliness.” Other top cities included Oklahoma City, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. Topping Georgia in small business friendliness are Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Louisiana. Participants in the survey consisted of 6,000 small business owners and data was compiled over two months. Atlanta also did well in other metrics ranked by the survey, coming in 3rd in networking programs and 5th in optimism for the future. Other metrics included, ease of starting a business, No. 6, training programs No. 11, employment, labor and hiring, No. 12, hiring costs No. 14, licensing No. 14, tax code No. 15, regulations No. 16, health and safety No. 16, zoning No. 19. Georgia also ranked in the top 10 in ease of starting a business No 7., and No. 8 in both networking programs and optimism for the future.
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