Austin fourth-friendliest city for small business, report finds

Jun 18, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Five Texas cities, including Austin, are among the most small-business friendly in the nation, according to a report compiled by Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


The report gave Austin a grade of A+ for the city's friendliness toward small business using a number of factors including zoning, tax code, ease of hiring, regulations and licensing. Austin ranked fourth in the nation, while Houston (3), Dallas (6), Forth Worth (7) and San Antonio (8) also made the list


The results were compiled from a two-month survey of small business owners nationwide. Austin's tax code took the number one spot in the nation as the friendliest to small businesses. Business owners also indicated they valued training programs and regulatory friendliness


San Francisco-based Thumbtack Inc. rates professionals and small businesses and helps consumers compare options. The company has raised $49 million from Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Venture Partners and others, it stated in a press release



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