Thumbtack recently released the results of a survey polling business owners to determine the most business-friendly locations throughout the country. It did this in part by ranking each state in a number of criteria, including whether the local government supports hiring, tax code and safety regulations that are supportive of small businesses. In a marked improvement from its 2014 ranking, Ohio received an “A-” for the way officials offer training or networking programs.
Ohio performed relatively consistently in the other categories, placing at a “B” or “B+” in areas like Environmental, Employment and Overall Friendliness, which pertains to the general amount of support business owners have access to.
In addition, the source also collected comments from anonymous business owners throughout the state in different professions. A life coach in Columbus said that “it is quick and simple to set up a business in Ohio because the state is incredibly helpful and everything is available online.”
Others cited the friendly business owner communities and access to appreciative customers. One dance teacher even called the city of North Ridgeville “the fastest growing city in Ohio.” The information comes from a total of 18,000 owners and used a series of 36 questions to determine responses. In its total score, Ohio placed ahead of multiple nearby states, including Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Illinois. Five states received an “F” overall: Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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