SBSC ranks states for friendliness to small businesses

| Wednesday, July 31, 2002

The Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC), a nonprofit small-business advocacy group, July 29 released its annual rankings of the states according to their respective policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship in the "Small Business Survival Index 2002."

South Dakota sits at the top of the list, with the District of Columbia on bottom. According to SBSC chief economist Raymond J. Keating, author of the study, 'The Small Business Survival Index 2002' compares how government in the states treat small businesses and entrepreneurs. The "Small Business Survival Index 2002" ties together 20 major government-imposed or government-related costs impacting small businesses and entrepreneurs across a broad spectrum of industries and types of businesses. Here's how they rank.
1 South Dakota
2 Nevada
3 Wyoming
4 Texas
5 Florida
6 New Hampshire
7 Tennessee
8 Washington
9 Mississippi
10 Alabama
11 Michigan
12 Colorado
13 Illinois
14 Virginia
15 Indiana
16 South Carolina
17 Pennsylvania
18 Louisiana
19 Missouri
20 Arizona
21 Alaska
22 Georgia
23 Delaware
24 Arkansas
25 Maryland
26 Oklahoma
27 Utah
28 Idaho
29 Kentucky
30 Massachusetts
31 Wisconsin
32 Kansas
33 Connecticut
34 Nebraska
35 North Dakota
36 Oregon
37 North Carolina
38 Montana
39 New Jersey
40 Ohio
41 West Virginia
42 Vermont
43 New York
44 Iowa
45 Rhode Island
46 California
47 New Mexico
48 Minnesota
49 Maine
50 Hawaii
51 District of Columbia

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