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Sacramento gets a ‘D-plus’ in small-business survey, and it’s an improvement

Several factors lead to Sacramento receiving poor marks relative to its friendliness toward small business.
Several factors lead to Sacramento receiving poor marks relative to its friendliness toward small business. rbenton@sacbee.com

Sacramento earned a “D-plus” grade in an annual survey measuring small-business friendliness among cities nationwide, an improvement from the three previous years, when the city received an “F.”

In a report released Tuesday, Sacramento ranked 85th among 95 U.S. cities, according to San Francisco-based Thumbtack, an online marketplace to help consumers hire professionals.

This year, Sacramento received failing grades in seven of 10 categories, including employment, regulations and health/safety. Sacramento's top grade was “C” in the training/networking programs category.

As it did last year, California received an “F” grade in 2015.

Thumbtack’s results were based on interviews with nearly 18,000 small-businesses owners nationwide, including 209 in Sacramento.

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