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Houston Scored A+ Among Small Business Owners in National Survey

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and released new results in’s Small Business Survey.  The 2013 survey had over 7,000 participants who are small business owners nationwide.  Houston received an A+ by small business owners for small business friendliness overall.  The city was ranked one of the easiest cities to start a new business.   Houston, Austin, and San Antonio were ranked in the top five for local government support of small business owners.

Are you asking yourself –what makes a place business-friendly?  It’s more than low taxes.  Co-founder of Thumbtack, Sander Daniels said, “For most small businesses, simple licensing regulations and helpful training programs are even more important to their success.”

In addition to the overall rating of A+, the survey revealed the following for Houston:

  • For its employment and labor rules, Houston earned an A;
  • For its zoning requirements, the city earned an A+;
  • For it business-friendly health and safety regulations, the city earned an A+;
  • For its training and networking programs, the city received a B+.

The city of Houston and the state of Texas are highly regarded by Houstonians who own small businesses.  Following are quotes from the survey:

A Tomball project manager/consultant said, “Houston is now and has been a good place to start a business.  Even with other parts of the country in decline, Houston is still going strong.  In addition, Texas is small business friendly, with no state income taxes, low business tax rates, lower insurance costs, and more favorable costs of doing business in general.”

An artist in Katy said, “The opportunities for doing business in a big city are greater due to the large population.  That is a benefit of where I live.”

A production company owner in Houston said, “Texas lives up to its reputation in job and economic growth during the current recession, and even more so here in Houston where the growth has been the strongest.”

An esthetician in Houston said, “I believe Houstonians, in general, prefer to support local small business.”

A painter/maintenance technician in Houston said, “Texas is run as a no-nonsense, no-bull state.  What you see is what you get.  I wish the rest of the country was run like Texas, so there wouldn’t be masses of people moving to Texas.  Enough said.”

A beauty salon owner in Houston said, “There were a lot of things very accessible, however there were some licenses that were not easy to get.  There are a few free training programs for small business owners, and some others you have to pay for.”

A therapist in Spring said, “I think my state is very supportive of small business.”

The State of Texas also scored an overall A from small businesses.  The state is home to four of the top ten US cities:  Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas-Ft. Worth.  Moreover, the state ranked as 7th in the nation for the quality of its online business resources.


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