In a 2013 survey of small businesses across the country, New Hampshire has earned an A-plus overall rating. It ranked #3 in the nation for its overall small business friendliness, in the survey that examined issues such as easy of starting a business, ease of hiring, regulations, health and safety; employment, labor and hiring; tax codes; licensing; environmental and zoning. It ranked #2 for the ease of starting a new business in the state.
The survey, posted on Thumbtack.com, was conducted in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. It drew on data from over 7,000 small business owners. The state also ranked #3 for the overall business-friendliness of its tax code and the ease of understanding and filing taxes. Utah was the top-rated state in the country and Austin, Texas was the top-rated city. New Hampshire’s A-plus ranking reflects an improvement from an A rating in the 2012 survey.