open signAtlanta has earned an A- grade for its small business friendliness, according to a survey from Thumbtack.  In partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the third annual Small Business Friendliness Survey draws upon data from over 12,000 small business owners, provides new insights into state and local business environments across the nation.

“After a two-month survey of thousands of small business owners nationwide, Atlanta has received one of the highest grades for overall friendliness given by the local small business community,” says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack. “Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and lawmakers in Atlanta understand what it takes to make an environment like this.”

Some of the key findings for Atlanta include:

  • Georgia was one of the top ten friendliest states in the nation.
  • Small business owners said that Atlanta could stand to improve its training and networking programs, which were one of the strongest determinants of overall friendliness that we looked at.
  • 53 percent of business owners in Atlanta reported that they paid “the right share of taxes,” in line with the national average.
  • Atlanta’s best grade was given for its environmental regulations, which earned the city a B+ from small business owners.

The top rated cities overall were Colorado Springs, Boise, Houston, Austin, and Louisville. The lowest rated were Sacramento, Providence, Buffalo, Bridgeport, and San Diego.

Find out more about the report at this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.