Oklahoma City is the friendliest city for small business owners, the results of a new survey show.
More than 6,000 small business owners were surveyed by online job and service directory Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation, and OKC earned No. 1 rankings in nine categories.
The survey included small business owners who ranked states and cities on the “friendliness” of various measures, such as hiring costs, regulations, tax code, zoning and ease of starting a business.
OKC ranked No. 1 for the ease of starting a business and for its small business training programs, and also received high marks for its networking opportunities and business friendly regulations.
Oklahoma received A-grades in 10 of 12 possible rankings, and earned its lowest ranking, a B, in the tax code category.
“It was easy to set up my business, and they were very supportive and offered all kinds of help and workshops to attend … ” an anonymous granite fabricator from Edmond commented in the survey. “Any time I have a question, I can just look on the state’s website, and it is very informative as well as updated.