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Fort Worth receives 'A+' from local small-business owners

Posted Aug. 15, 2018

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Small-business owners gave Fort Worth an A+ this year, ranking first in a survey of business friendliness among 57 cities. That’s 5 percent better than last year, when it received an A-.

Fort Worth scored higher than Dallas (C+) and Austin (B+). On the state level, Texas ranked seventh and received an A.

Thumbtack, a website and app that finds local professionals for any project, conducted its 2018 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking all 50 states and 57 cities on factors like licensing requirements, tax regulations and labor and hiring regulations. With more than 7,500 small-business owners surveyed, it’s the largest continuous study of small-business perceptions of local government policy in the U.S.

“Small-business entrepreneurs are creating sustainable jobs, and policymakers must continue to empower this segment of the workforce,” said Lucas Puente, lead economist at Thumbtack. “It is critical for local, state and federal governments to support small-business owners as they adapt to rapid change and innovation in today’s economy.”

Thumbtack surveyed 7,629 skilled professionals from across the U.S. operating across hundreds of categories, including as electricians, music teachers, wedding planners and wellness professionals. The survey asked entrepreneurs about the policies of their states and cities toward small business, as well as the overall level of support in their community.

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