Connecticut receives ‘F’ in small business friendliness survey

By Kevin Zimmerman

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School may be out for most Connecticut students, but the state is still receiving grades. And in the case of the fifth annual Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey, it’s flunking.

The Nutmeg State received an “F” in eight categories: Overall friendliness; ease of starting a business; ease of hiring; regulations; health and safety; employment, labor and hiring; tax code; and licensing.

It also received a “D+” in the environmental and zoning categories, but landed a “B” in training and networking programs.

To compile the report, touted as “the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy” in the country, Thumbtack surveyed over 12,000 entrepreneurs on the state and local public policies that affect their ability to start, operate, and grow a business.

As for neighboring New York and Massachusetts, they received overall grades of “D” and “C+” respectively. Joining Connecticut on the flunk list were California and Illinois. Receiving an overall “A+” were Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

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