Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville has earned an A grade from small business owners through Thumbtack’s 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, which is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy in the United States.
Louisville ranked No. 7 out of the 80 cities surveyed and is the only city in Kentucky to receive this top ranking. The state received a grade of A-, ranking 17 out of 50 states surveyed.
“This recent ranking affirms that Louisville’s entrepreneurial community is thriving,” said the Mayor. “We pair our strong pro-business culture with a strong collaboration with small business stakeholders, and our goal is to find innovative ways to help small businesses move forward.”
Louisville scored an A+ in the employment, labor and hiring regulations and licensing regulations categories and scored above the national average in the tax regulations and government website categories.
“The small business owners we heard from in Louisville were six percent more positive about their city’s support for small businesses than the national average, leading to their A grade overall,” Thumbtack Economist, Lucas Puente, PhD, said in a news release.
Louisville’s ranking was higher than some peer cities, including Nashville at 17, Charlotte, N.C. at 27, Indianapolis at 29, and Columbus, O.H. at 66.
According to a news release, Thumbtack surveyed more than 13,000 small business owners in 50 states and 80 cities to evaluate how easy local governments make it to start, operate and grow a small business.
To view Louisville’s full score card, visit https://www.thumbtack.com/ky/louisville/#/2017/1