South Florida's small business owners see plenty of room for improvement in their local government, according to a survey released by Thumbtack.com, 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: www.thumbtack.com/fl/miami/#/2014/1
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.