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Did California Deserve Its Failing Grade In Small Business Friendliness?

California received a failing grade in small business friendliness, according to a survey by Thumbtack.

California has been in the bottom of the rankings every year of the survey. Rhode Island and Illinois also received failing grades. Connecticut and New Jersey received D grades.

The survey looked at several issues, including:
  • Business-friendly licensing regulations
  • Ease of filing taxes
  • Tax rates
  • Government-sponsored training programs
Utah, Idaho, Texas, Virginia and Louisiana received the highest rating for small business friendliness.

Check out the full survey results. 
glenn bernard July 01, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Although I don't care for the socialist politics of Nancy Pelosi, successful/wealthy people are getting elected more often than the rest of us. This is no reason to hate successful/wealthy people; nor to hate US Businesses, whether big or small.
randy albin July 01, 2014 at 02:59 PM
it's too doggone expensive to do business in california. the taxes are sky-high. who can afford this california environment? keep on trying. maybe some successful endeavor will work out. maybe?
Allen July 01, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Nadja, you seem incredibly knowledgeable. Can you tell us if the failure of Solyndra was the exception or the rule?
Johnny Jerico July 11, 2014 at 03:05 PM
California is awful for small business. It's great for high-profit tech firms that need to attract highly paid talent. That's why so many small businesses incorporate in NV or other states and utilize other residency loopholes to avoid outrageous taxes and fees. If they eased up on the $800 an LLC has to pay ever year (I believe only ONE other state charges a flat large annual fee like this), maybe there wouldn't be so much flight. What I can't comprehend is the previous post claiming companies are lobbying the state for lenient immigration rules so they can have access to cheap labor. Who are these companies? Certainly not the tech firms in the Bay Area, what are they going to do with migrant workers? They're the donors to the Democratic party. And if the Demos aren't trying to create policy that would benefit the poor and middle class, then who is? Republicans? Would you be able to tell me that with a straight face?
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