The survey says … Miami a C+ for business friendliness

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Miami earns average ratings for its business friendliness but gets a poor grade for the ease of starting a small business, according to Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey.

Nearly 18,000 U.S. small business owners responded to this year’s survey, including 155 in Miami-Dade (119 in Miami) and 1,709 in Florida. The study asked respondents, who are all users of Thumbtack, to rate their state and local governments across a broad range of factors such as taxation, licensing, training and the quality of government websites. Thumbtack then evaluated states and cities against one another along more than a dozen metrics.

“Small business owners on Thumbtack have consistently told us that they welcome support from their governments but are frequently frustrated by unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles,” said Jon Lieber, chief economist of Thumbtack, an online marketplace for service professionals. “Miami earned solidly average grades from small-business owners this year, a sign that the city could focus more on easing regulatory burdens and improving the environment.”