Atlanta ranked No. 5 among 40 cities in in the country in “small business friendliness,” according to a new survey, and Georgia was No. 6 among states.
The survey, done by Thumbtack.com in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, rated the top five states for small business friendliness as Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Louisiana. The bottom five were New York, California, Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island.
The top cities were Oklahoma City, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.
The findings were based on a two-month survey of 6,000 small business owners nationwide.
Atlanta scored well in several categories that survey respondents rated. It ranked No. 3 in networking programs and No. 5 in optimism about the future.
It ranked No. 30 in growth rate last year, however, No. 26 in current economic health, and No. 25 in environment.
Other categories with Atlanta’s rankings: ease of starting a business, No. 6; training programs, No. 11; employment, labor and hiring, No. 12;