Small businesses owners gave Indiana high marks on Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey.
The Hoosier state got an A+ grade on the six-year-old survey of more than 13,000 small businesses owners across the United States. It received a B grade for the five previous years.
In 2017 however, Indiana received evaluations on licensing requirements, tax regulations, health and safety rules and labor regulations that were 8 percent higher overall than last year. The state ranked eighth nationally in small business owner positivity.
"The small business owners we heard from in Indiana were 4 percent more positive about their state’s support for small businesses than the national average, leading to their A+ grade overall," Thumbtack Economist Lucas Puente said. "And compared to nearby states, such as Illinois (F) and Ohio (B+), Indiana did generally better."
Small business owners gave Indiana A grades in ease of starting a business, tax code, health and safety, and employment, labor and hiring. They gave the state B+ grades in ease of hiring, licensing and regulations, B marks on environmental issues and government websites and a B- for zoning.
Indiana's lowest grade was a C+ for training and networking programs.
Those surveyed gave Illinois a B- for training and networking programs but F grades for regulations, tax code, environmental issues, licensing and government websites.