Georgia Ranks Fourth as the Friendliest State for Small Business Owners

On Tuesday, August 6, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Thumbtack, a website and app that finds local professionals for projects, announced its 8th annual 2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey.Over 5,000 local small business owners in 49 states and 44 cities were surveyed to evaluate the quality of support entrepreneurs receive from state and local governments in starting, operating, and growing a small business. Ranking qualifications were based on licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations. This year, Georgia was awarded an A+ ranking, placing fourth in the survey of small business friendliness in forty-nine (49) states.

“Building on our success as the top state for business, I am proud to see Georgia receive top marks for our small business climate,” said Governor Kemp.

For more details about the report and full set of results for Georgia, visit

Highlights from Georgia’s Score

▪ Overall friendliness: A+
▪ Ease of starting a business: A+
▪ Regulations: A+
▪ Employment, labor, and hiring: A+
▪ Tax code: A+
▪ Licensing: A+
▪ Government websites: A+

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