Survey: Miami scores a “C” for business friendliness


South Florida's small business owners see plenty of room for improvement in their local government, according to a survey released by, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. Miami earned a C for overall friendliness. Its neighbors to the north? Fort Lauderdale received a D+ and West Palm Beach earned an A-.

More than 12,000 entrepreneurs nationwide in 82 cities and most states participated in this year’s survey. Some other key findings:

• Miami earned a B- for its regulatory friendliness for small businesses.

• Small businesses said Miami was the second easiest city for hiring new workers in Florida, giving it an A- grade.

• Miami's small businesses were among the most optimistic in the nation about the state of the national economy.

• Miami improved its overall friendliness grade from a D in 2013 to a C this year.

  The full survey results can be seen here:

Other Florida rankings for overall business friendliness: Orlando (A), Jacksonville (B-), Tampa (C+), Cape Coral (C-), Port St. Lucie (C-). Nationwide, the top rated cities overall were  Colorado Springs,  Boise, Houston,  Austin, and  Louisville. The lowest rated were  Sacramento, Providence,  Buffalo,  Bridgeport, and  San Diego.

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