Thumbtack, today announced the results from its 2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking 49 states and 44 cities based on factors including licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations. The Thumbtack Small Business Survey is an annual survey that asks owner-operators of small businesses about the policy environment where they operate.

Small business owners gave Utah an A+ this year, ranking seventh in our survey of small business friendliness in 49 states. This year, Utah scored higher than Nevada (C+) and Idaho (A).

Thumbtack also assigned eight policy-specific grades to evaluate how easy state governments make it to start, operate and grow a small business. For more details about the report and the full set of results for Utah, visit Thumbtack.com/UT.

Here’s how small business owners rated Utah:

  • Overall friendliness: A+
  • Ease of starting a business: A+
  • Ease of hiring: B-
  • Regulations: B-
  • Employment, labor, and hiring: B-
  • Tax code: C
  • Licensing: B
  • Training and networking programs: D+
  • Government websites: A

With more than 5,000 small business owners surveyed, the Small Business Friendliness Survey is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of local government policy in the U.S.