For a third straight year, Sacramento earned an F grade based on a survey measuring small-business friendliness among cities nationwide.
In a report to be released Tuesday, Sacramento ranked dead last among 82 cities, according to a survey by San Francisco-based Thumbtack.com, an online marketplace helping consumers find professionals for special projects. Sacramento also ranked last in 2012; in 2013, it was ranked one spot ahead of last-place Newark, N.J.
Thumbtack, along with the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, surveyed more than 12,500 small-businesses owners nationwide, asking questions about various factors. Sacramento received failing grades in six of 10 categories, including employment, regulations and health/safety. Sacramentos top grade was C-plus in the zoning/land use regulations category.
This years top-rated cities are Colorado Springs, Boise, Houston, Austin and Louisville, Ky. Ranked just above Sacramento among the lowest-rated cities are Providence, R.I., Buffalo; Bridgeport, Conn.; and San Diego.
Jon Lieber, chief economist of Thumbtack, said Sacramentos small business operators believe that the city falls short of fostering a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses. The company said its survey was based on interviews with 126 small business owners in Sacramento.
California likewise received an F grade this year, down from a D in 2013 and matching its F grade in 2012. Its highest grade this year was a B-minus in the ease-of-hiring-new-workers category.
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