Louisiana receives Thumbtack.com’s top grade in National Small Business survey

BATON ROUGE, La. — Thumbtack.com gave Louisiana a grade of A in its 2015 report card on small business friendliness, ranking the state No. 4 in the U.S. for its supportive small business environment. Louisiana earned an A in eight specific categories of the state’s small business climate and a grade of B in three other categories.

The grades are part of an annual survey of small businesses through the United States conducted by Thumbtack in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation. In addition to the top grade Louisiana received for small business friendliness, other ratings for the state include A grades for ease of starting a small business; regulatory friendliness; friendliness of health and safety regulations; friendliness of employment, labor and hiring regulations; friendliness of licensing regulations; friendliness of tax code; and friendliness of environmental regulations. Louisiana scored a B for ease of hiring a new employee; friendliness of zoning regulations; and training and networking programs.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “Small businesses are vital to the Louisiana economy and important contributors to the overall well-being of communities throughout Louisiana. We place great importance on helping our small businesses to grow and succeed, and since 2008 we have put in place a broad range of programs and services to make that happen. We are gratified to see those efforts recognized in the Thumbtack.com rankings.”

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Source: Louisiana Economic Development

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